Table of contents:
- What are the signs of leukemia in cats?
- How do cats with leukemia die?
- Do FIV-positive cats need medication?
- What do you do if your cat is FIV positive?
- Do FIV cats need special care?
- Do FIV cats need more food?
- Can FIV be transmitted through scratches?
- Can FIV be transmitted through poop?
- Does FIV go away?
What are the signs of leukemia in cats?
Signs can include:
- Loss of appetite.
- Progressive weight loss.
- Poor coat condition.
- Enlarged lymph nodes.
- Persistent fever.
- Pale gums and other mucus membranes.
- Inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and mouth (stomatitis)
- Infections of the skin, urinary bladder, and upper respiratory tract.
How do cats with leukemia die?
Around 80 percent of FeLV kittens do not live past three years and most die within a year. The young cats tend to die from feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), lymphoma (a cancer affecting lymphatic tissue) or bone marrow disease.
Do FIV-positive cats need medication?
There's no cure for FIV, nor is there a specific medical treatment for the disease, even as the cat's health declines. 1 A vet might try anti-inflammatory drugs, immune-enhancing drugs, and medication for secondary infections to keep the cat as healthy as possible.
What do you do if your cat is FIV positive?
Your vet may also recommend the following tips for caring for FIV positive cats:
- Keep the cat indoors to protect their immune system and prevent them from infecting other cats.
- Neuter male cats to prevent territorial behavior.
- Spay female cats to prevent FIV being passed to future offspring.
Do FIV cats need special care?
FIV-infected cats need special care and management, as described above. If they receive this management and care, they can live for many years in good health.
Do FIV cats need more food?
Your cat may need several weeks to adjust to the new diet. A high-protein, low-carbohydrate is usually recommended for FIV-positive cats. However, studies have not shown that healthy FIV-positive cats need more protein than other cats.
Can FIV be transmitted through scratches?
It is not passed by sharing of food or water dishes, grooming each other, litter boxes, mock fighting, scratches, no even sneezes.
Can FIV be transmitted through poop?
FeLV is spread through bodily fluids such as urine, feces, milk, saliva, or nasal secretions. This can occur through completely normal cat interactions, such as cat to cat grooming or mothers nursing their kittens. FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus infecting 1.
Does FIV go away?
A healthy FIV positive cat can live for many years, and indeed can often outlive non-infected cats, but please be aware that this is not always the case. Due to their impaired immune system, the cat may succumb to illness earlier, and not reach their normal life expectancy.
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