Leukemia in cats: everything you need to know
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Leukemia in cats is a very serious contagious disease. Therefore, it is necessary to control it correctly because it can cause the death of the animal. One reason is that, as a general rule, cats that have leukemia are more likely to develop cancer and anemia.
What we should know about leukemia in cats
This virus infects the cells of the immune system, which can damage or destroy them. This causes the animal to be exposed to any type of disease or infection. The form of infection is through other infected cats through saliva or nasal secretions.
To become infected it is not necessary that two cats have to physically contact each other, although this increases the risk of contagion. The virus can spread through different places where there is saliva exchange, such as feeders and drinkers. They can also be spread by contact with urine and feces of an infected cat.
We can find different symptoms that will reveal signs of feline leukemia. These include loss of appetite and weight, lethargy, breathing problems, skin problems or anemia, something that happens in 25% of infected cats. Cancer occurs in 15% of them and the most common type is lymphoma.
It is very important that the cat avoid contact with other individuals who may be infected. Therefore, it is necessary to vaccinate. This prevents the exposed cats from being infected permanently. It must be remembered that there is no vaccine that protects 100%, although putting it is highly recommended.
We must also remember that the spread of cats to people cannot be done, since it is a virus specific to cats that does not occur in a cat, so anyone who has a cat can be totally calm because there will be no risk to be able to catch this disease.