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Feline Leukemia Symptoms
How To Recognize Cat Leukemia Signs
Feline leukemia symptoms are very varied and often difficult to spot, even for a pro.
Because cat leukemia causes a general reduction in the cat's ability to fight infections, a cat with the leukemia virus becomes more susceptible to all sorts of infections.
As a result, it's sometimes difficult to tell if these are just "one-offs" or if they're a sign of something more serious.
If your cat gets an infection once in a blue moon which he quickly recovers from (maybe with the help of antibiotics), chances are he's fine.
But if he's getting repeat infections and multiple other problems which aren't clearing up easily, there's a possibility he could be showing signs of feline leukemia or another serious disease (e.g. feline immunodeficiency virus).
This page lists some of the main symptoms you may find with this disease. But please remember - some may indicate other diseases, and the only way to find out what's going on for sure is by a trip to the vet.
Feline Leukemia Symptoms
At the time of infection, the signs of feline leukemia are mild - often just a slight fever and lethargy.
Months, or even years after infection, the cat may start to get frequent, recurring infections. These may show themselves as:
Cat flu which Kitty has real difficulties shaking off
Excessive feline sneezing (usually combined with other flu-like symptoms)
Loss of appetite
Weight loss (may or may not be combined with appetite loss)
Poor coat condition, and sometimes cat hair loss
Persistent cat diarrhea
Cat urinary tract infection
Cat eye problems
Cat skin problems or other parasitic infections that the cat just can't seem to shake off despite treatment - e.g. cat fleas, cat ear mites, cat worms
Nervous system problems - e.g. difficulty walking
Feline anemia, pale gums
General cat dental health problems and feline bad breath
The virus can also cause cancer of the white blood cells; about 20 percent of cats with FeLV die from cancer.
If your cat is showing some of the above feline leukemia symptoms, or if he seems to be repeatedly getting infections, I'd advise you to take him to the vet as soon as you can. Try not to worry unduly (extremely hard, I know...) In a lot of cases, there may be other, easily treatable causes. But like all cat health problems, the sooner you can get them diagnosed and treated, the better.
- kovieLv 44 years ago
I am offering a hyperlink on pussycat leukemia. If your cat is outside, and uncovered to roaming ferals, then a blood scan to be certain he does not have it, after which vaccination could be the procedure. Drooling isn't some of the signs that involves my brain. Often drooling is the cat variant of nausea, or a teeth obstacle.
- SMKLv 49 years ago
During the early stages of infection, it is common for cats to exhibit no signs of disease at all. However, over time—weeks, months, or even years—the cat's health may progressively deteriorate or be characterized by recurrent illness interspersed with periods of relative health. Signs can include:
Loss of appetite
Slow but progressive weight loss, followed by severe wasting late in the disease process
Poor coat condition
Enlarged lymph nodes
Pale gums and other mucus membranes
Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and mouth (stomatitis)
Infections of the skin, urinary bladder, and upper respiratory tract
Seizures, behavior changes, and other neurological disorders
A variety of eye conditions
In unspayed female cats, abortion of kittens or other reproductive failuresSource(s): Cat owner for over 50 years.
- ♥♥ M ♥♥Lv 59 years ago
The signs and symptoms of infection with feline leukemia virus are quite varied and include loss of appetite, poor coat condition, infections of the skin, bladder and respiratory tract, oral disease, seizures, lymphadenopathy (swollen lymph nodes), skin lesions, fatigue, fever, weight loss, stomatitis, gingivitis, litter box avoidance, pancytopenia, poor grooming, recurring bacterial and viral illnesses, anemia, diarrhea, and jaundice.
The only sure way to protect cats is to prevent their exposure to FeLV-infected cats.
Keep cats indoors, away from potentially infected cats that might bite them. If you do allow your cats outdoor access, provide supervision or place them in a secure enclosure to prevent wandering and fighting.
Adopt only infection-free cats into households with uninfected cats.
House infection-free cats separately from infected cats, and don't allow infected cats to share food and water bowls or litter boxes with uninfected cats.
Consider FeLV vaccination of uninfected cats. (FeLV vaccination of infected cats is not beneficial.) Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of vaccination with your veterinarian. FeLV vaccines are widely available, but since not all vaccinated cats will be protected, preventing exposure remains important even for vaccinated pets. FeLV vaccines will not cause cats to receive false positive results on ELISA, IFA, or any other available FeLV tests.
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- Elaine MLv 79 years ago
Google FeLV cat symptoms. Most also cover other illnesses.
Your vet can give your cat a blood test that gives results in 15 minutes. Just have them do it.