How common is FeLV?
It is estimated that 1-2% of otherwise healthy cats are infected with FeLV. Males are more commonly infected than females, and cats with access to the outdoors are more at risk of becoming infected than indoor cats. Kittens are much more susceptible to FeLV infection than adults. FeLV is found in every region of the United States, it is highly contagious, transmitted cat to cat and can be fatal.
How is FeLV transmitted?
Large amounts of FeLV are excreted in the saliva. Mutual grooming being the most common mode of transmission. Nose-to-nose contact and sharing of food and water bowls can also be sources of infection. And none the less, bites are a very efficient way to transmit the disease. FeLV can also be transmitted across the placenta and through the milk of nursing cats.
What are the signs of FeLV?
Here are a few but there are no “sure” signs of the disease. In some cats, signs won’t appear for weeks, months or even