When do you test for FeLV FIV?

Table of contents:

  1. When do you test for FeLV FIV?
  2. What do you do if your cat is tested positive for feline leukemia?
  3. Can I walk my cat with FIV?
  4. Can a cat with FIV live with other cats?
  5. How contagious is FIV to other cats?
  6. How long can an FIV positive cat live?
  7. How do I keep my FIV cat healthy?
  8. How do you test a cat for FIV?

When do you test for FeLV FIV?

Kittens may be tested for feLv and fIv at any age. Most kittens test negative, indicating no infection. Antibody tests for FIV can detect antibodies passed in colostrum from an infected or vaccinated mother, which can be mistaken for infection in the kitten.

What do you do if your cat is tested positive for feline leukemia?

There is no specific treatment for FeLV, so most of the treatment of FeLV-positive cats involves supportive care. Because FeLV-positive cats have weaker immune systems, they do need to be treated for upper respiratory infections more often than FeLV-negative cats.

Can I walk my cat with FIV?

If an un-neutered cat is found to be FIV positive, they absolutely MUST be neutered before being allowed back outside. Indeed, a responsible owner should always ensure that their cat, regardless of their FIV status, is neutered or spayed before being allowed access to the outdoors.

Can a cat with FIV live with other cats?

FIV is not easily transmitted between cats. Therefore, other than ensuring that there is no fighting and biting, most cats with FIV can live happily with one or two other cats and never spread their virus.

How contagious is FIV to other cats?

FIV is only contagious among cats and difficult to transmit. It is also slow-acting, so cats generally do not show any symptoms until years after being infected.

How long can an FIV positive cat live?

5 years

How do I keep my FIV cat healthy?

They should be fed nutritionally complete and balanced diets, and uncooked food, such as raw meat and eggs, and unpasteurized dairy products should be avoided to minimize the risk of food-borne bacterial and parasitic infections. Wellness visits for FIV-infected cats should be scheduled at least every six months.

How do you test a cat for FIV?

Testing for the feline immunodeficiency virus is performed with a small sample of your cat's blood. The ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test is the most common one done to screen cats for FIV. If this test is positive, a second type of blood test may be recommended to confirm your cat's infection.