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Question:Is a positive on a snap test a definitive positive?
Answer:Most of the time but not always - talk to your veterinarian about whether or not you should retest your cat. Even if your cat is positive, it's not always the end of the road: if they stay inside away from other cats they can sometimes stay well for many years.
Question:My sister has a cat that was diagnosed with feline leukemia. We are visiting her in two weeks and I wanted to bring my cat. My cat is 2 yrs old and an indoor cat. Will she be okay to bring her there for a week?
Answer:I actually wouldn't let them meet, even if your cat is vaccinated. No vaccine is 100% protective so it just isn't worth the risk - especially because cats that have never met, unlike dogs, usually don't hit it off real famously. Feline leukemia isn't aerosolized so she can definitely go with you, just keep her in another room. Don't let them eat out of the same bowl either.
Question:Dear madam/sir, I have been taking care of two feral cats as I am feeding them and sitting outside with them. They like my company. There are a couple of times that the other cat ate the rest of the uneaten food of the one cat, even though I feed them in separate bowls. One cat just loves food. As these are my first cats, I am reading all I can to taking care of cats. I read that feline lukemia can be transferred via saliva, if the other cat is affected. Do u think my one cat can be affected by these couple of short instances in where she ate the other cat's uneaten food that I assume would have the saliva of the other cat from her eating it before. Only three times I believe this happened. I no longer let her eat the wet food of the other cat in fear of transmission. Thank you
Answer:She is probably fine. Feline leukemia is usually transmitted by bite wounds. Rare studies have shown that cats living in the same household for many years with no (obvious) bite wounds eventually testing positive.
Question:Dear Doctor Dym, We took in a stray cat testing positive for feline aids & feline leukemia. We have 9 other adult cats, all previously vaccinated for feline leukemia. The stray has been quarantined in a 9' x 7' tent erected upstairs. Please advise whether the infected cat may safely mingle with the other cats. She doesnt bite, so Im not worried about her feline aids. Im hopeful she can mingle with the other cats because theyve all been vaccinated for leukemia. Thank you in advance for any advice on this subject. Ron
Answer:If it's possible, I would keep her separated from other cats. A study was done a long time ago that looked at cats that lived with each long term with no obvious bite wounds and most of the cats would test positive after living with a positive cat for years. The fact that they are vaccinated will definitely help but no vaccine is 100%.
Question:My cat has had diarrhea and lost weight he is 16 years old. He has an appetite and does not appear to be lethargic. I took him to the vet they think it could be Gastro intestine all they did run test for parasites and other possibilities. Should I take him back and have him tested for leukemia ?they gave me probiotics and medicine to give to him how long should I give this medication before I do take him back
Answer:If he doesn't steadily improve I would take him back and run more tests - like for feline leukemia, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, diabetes, kidney disease - they will only need to pull blood once but can run all those tests from the one blood draw and that will give you lots of information. Most of those things are included on a routine chemistry panel.
Question:Hello I run a non profit cat adoption center in rural Ohio We have never tested for FIV or FLV as our original charter was to be a no kill shelter. We recently are being pressured to have the cats FLV tested. can you give me some details about this. We usually have approx 20 cats in the shelter at one time and we have no evidence that cats have FLV except one person that had the cat tested and it was positive. they put the cat down -even though it was not sick. I am puzzled about how to proceed.
Answer:Whenever running adoption services or doing rescue work, it is imperative to have all cats who are adopted out to the public, be tested for Feline leukemia virus(FeLV) and FIV virus. While you may not observe symptoms in cats, while in the adoption center, especially cats who may be harboring FelV virus, may often have health threatening symptoms within a few years of adopting them out. It is therefore important for you to have cats tested for these viruses. Perhaps partner up with a local, kind hearted veterinarian.
Question:Hi, in case cat test positive for Feline Leukemia,what options do I have to prolong the cat's life. Cat is less than 12 month old, currently, it looks like very healthy and very active. thank
Answer:The best thing you can do is keep the cat away from other cats. You want him/her to be a totally indoor cat - not only to not spread the virus to other cats, but also so he/she isn't exposed to other upper respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections, etc. Lysine is an amino acid that seems to have anti-viral properties - there are many preparations made for cats that are chewable that they enjoy. Interferon is another drug that may have anti-viral properties that you may want to consider. Keep an eye out for clinical signs of illness (coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, etc) and act quickly when you see them - for a cat with a regular immune system you may choose to wait and see if they improve but with a FELV positive kitty, you want to act quickly.
Question:I Had A Blood Test Run On My Cat As He Is Losing Fur On His Back And Lost 5lbs In 1 Month. The Test Results Show Nothing Is Wrong With The Thyroid But The Platlets Are Low. Is The Only Answer Feline Leukemia Or Could It Be Something Else? If It Is Leukemia Is There Any Real Treatment?
Answer:I Would Not Assume Feline Leukemia Virus, Which Is Easily Ruled Out By Blood Test. Best To Return To Vet For Recheck And Recheck Of Blood Work As Low Platelet Count May Be Artifact From Technique Of Blood Pulling
Question:Can Feline Leukemia Be Spread By Eating Wet Cat Food From The Same Bowl?
Answer:Yes It Is Possible, But This Virus Is Not As Contagious As People Think. I Would Have Vet Exam And Simple Blood Test In A Few Weeks After Exposure To See If Cat Is Positive
Question:Hi My Partner Recently Rescued A Cat We Have Just Found Out Has Feline Lukimeia The Cat About 8 Weeks Ago Gave Birth To 2 Beautiful Kitten Was Just Wondering What Their Chances Are At Not Having This Infection. And If Taking The Kittens Somewhere That Doesnt Have This Infection Give Them A Better Chance
Answer:Hard To Give You Exact Statistics On This. Kittens Can Be Tested Now For Feline Leukemia Virus And If Negative, Then Re Test Them In 4 More Weeks(at 90 Days) To See If They Have Become Infected At That Time. If They Have Not, Then They May Be Clear. However I Would Suggest Separating Them From The Mother Now, If Either Kitten Is Negative Now.
Question:Is There Any Cure For Feline Leukemia
Answer:No Traditional Conventional Medical Cure If You Are Talking About Feline Leukemia Viral Infection. If Cancer, Then Best Treated Or Palliated By Consulting With Veterinary Oncologist. I Find That Holistic Vets Offer The Best Chance At Curing A Cat Truly From Feline Leukemia Viral Infection. To Learn More See Www.doctordym.com
Question:I Recently Adopted A Lovely Healthy Cat. She Went Out For A Few Days After We Had Had Her For About Three Weeks. When She Came Back Out Was As If It Was All New To Her Again So We Kept Her In. A Week And A Half Later She Died. She Hid Most Of The Time So It Was Hard To Spot Any Unusual Behaviour Or Symptoms, The Morning Of The Day She Died I Noticed She Seemed A Bit Off Balance But Thought This Might Be As She Had Just Woken Up. She Had Severe Seizures, And In Between Was Completely Paralysed Except For Her Limbs Twitching. i'd Really Like Some Clue As To What Happened To Her, Do You Think She May Have Been Poisoned?
Answer:Many Possibilities From Poisoning To Viruses Like Feline Leukemia Virus To Fip, Etc
Question:I Have A 3 Month Old Mixed Savannah And Domestic Short Hair That Has Stopped Eating As Of 11/5/15. Was Feeding Dry Kitten Food W/cooked Chicken, Chicken Liver, Rice, And Egg. The Day After He Stopped Eating(11/6/15)syringe Fed Him Water And Evaporated Milk Every 4 Hours Till Bed. Today, 11/7/15, Syringe Fed Him Liquefied Cooked Chicken, Chicken Liver, Rice, And Egg W/ Evaporated Milk And Water. He Does Not Want To Be Anywhere Except In My Arms Or On My Chest Sleeping. Not Playing At All. Nose Is Cold And Wet So No Fever. Stools Have Been Solid Except For The Last Two. Gave Him 3 Doses(.2cc)of Otc Pro-pet Liquid Wormer.i Have Another Kitten, Same Age, Different Litter, Same Food, And Same Doses Of De-wormwer No Issues.
Answer:Needs Vet Exam And Evaluation To Include Feline Leukemia Blood Test And/or Hydration With Fluids, Etc
Question:Hello i Have A Cat That His Third-eyelid Appears Too Much Some Time He Has Sneeze.the Veterinarian Here Thinks That He Has Leukemia Or Feline Leukemia But Here We Don't Have Tests To Make Sure Of It My Questions Is Do You Think It Is Leukemia ? And Can Leukemia Transits From Cats To Human ?
Answer:Leukemia Not Typically Transmitted From Cat To Human. A Simple Feline Leukemia Virus Blood Test Can Sort This Out. The Third Eyelid Out And Sneezing, Could Be Due To Many Possible Viruses, Other Than Leukemia Virus. Also Put Cat On Dmg Liquid From 1800petmeds And Lysine Supplement As Well.
Question:My Cat's Bloodwork Indicated He Had Low White Blood Cell Count, Low Mean Platelet Volume, Low K+, And Low Phos. What Does All That Mean?
Answer:Could Mean Viral Infection. Take Back To Vet And At Least Have A Feline Leukemia Virus/fiv Blood Test As Well.