Thursday, February 1, 2007

How common is Feline Leukemia Disease?

Notice if kept inside and away from infected cats they are safe!

Aside from being hit by automobiles, Feline Leukemia Disease is the Number One Killer of Cats. Statistics vary in different regions, but examples are: West Virginia 23% of the cat population is infected, Ohio 12%. On an average, one in ten cats are carriers of Feline Leukemia Virus and may pass the infection on to others.
If my cat is indoors only can it get Feline Leukemia?
An isolated cat that is exposed to NO other cats and is not already infected with FeLV is safe. FeLV is not a hardy virus. In other words, it can’t be brought home on your shoes from the pet food aisle in the grocery store, or it can’t come through an open window on an airborne dust particle. It needs a carrier cat.

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