Feline Leukemia is a cancer in cats that the Feline Leukemia Virus causes. It damages the immune system of your cat, but also makes your cat vulnerable to a variety of immunodeficiency problems, diseases, and other cancers. The problem with Feline Leukemia is that it sometimes takes a long time to show that your cat is infected. Weeks or months may go by without your cat showing symptoms of Feline Leukemia.
Before we consider Feline Leukemia symptoms, you need to know how your cat can come into contact with it. Truth is, your cat can become infected with Feline Leukemia very easily. It is spread through bodily fluids like tears, saliva, feces, and urine. Most felines will catch this disease through shared grooming habits and other close contact activities between cats.
Cats who become infected with Feline Leukemia will show symptoms around 4 weeks after contracted. Symptoms of Feline Leukemia can include Lethargy, Fever, Swollen Lymph Nodes, and Vomiting. Some cats may not show any symptoms of feline leukemia. They may develop an infection that is regressed or latent or may appear non-contagious.
Feline Leukemia is an autoimmune disorder, and because of this the disease is prone to hosting other ailing conditions and secondary infections. Diseases such as Gastrointestinal disease, Kidney disease, Cancer, Platelet Disorders, Respiratory disease may surface within your beloved bet. Neurological diseases that affect your cat’s coordination may lead to symptoms of Feline Leukemia.
One of the symptoms of Feline Leukemia to look out for are changes in your cats appetite. Many times when a cat is sick, it will stop eating. Without the proper nutrition, the loss of appetite will lead to weight loss, general lethargy, and possible fevers.
If your beloved cat has been appearing constantly and excessively ill, your cat may have contracted Feline Leukemia. Get in touch with your veterinarian and take control of cat’s health!