Should Your Cat Receive The Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine?

feline leukemiaDespite its name, Feline Leukemia is not a type of cancer, but a virus.

It is usually transferred from one cat to another during friendly, social activities, such as mutual grooming or sharing a water or food bowl.

Many cats who are exposed to this virus will not become ill, but will develop antibodies that can fight off the virus.

The more healthy your cat is, the more likely it is that your cat will fight off the virus if it is exposed.

Kittens are more at risk than adult cats. If you have a kitten, you may want to consider giving it the Feline Leukemia Virus vaccine. The first vaccination should be given when your kitten is about 8 weeks old.

Your kitten will need a booster shot at about 12 weeks old. Your cat will receive a final booster when he is one year old, and then year vaccinations thereafter.

You should be aware that a cat who has been vaccinated for the Feline Leukemia Virus will test positive for antibodies for the disease. This does not mean your cat has the disease, merely that it has antibodies to the disease.


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