Are you concerned about feline leukemia? It can be scary because it is the most common cause of cancer in cats. It is estimated that 2-3% of all cats in the U.S. have feline leukemia,
and the risk can go as high as 15% in cats that are ill, very young, or otherwise at high
risk of infection.
Cats infected by the leukemia virus primarily serve as the source of infection for other cats. The virus can be shared in many ways, including saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, milk of infected nursing mothers, and blood from infected cats that fight. The feline leukemia virus can cause various blood disorders and may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections.
Symptoms of feline leukemia to look for include pale gums, yellow color in the mouth and whites of the eyes, large lymph nodes, bladder, skin, or upper respiratory infections, weight loss and or loss of appetite, poor coat condition, progressive weakness, and lethargy, persistent fever, diarrhea, breathing difficulties, and reproductive problems. Providing optimum nutrition is vital if you want your cat to become healthy and strong.