Feline Leukemia, or FeLV is a deadly and preventable disease in most of our companion cats. It causes a breakdown in the immune system making your cat more susceptible to diseases he/she might otherwise be able to fight off. All members of the feline family are susceptible to FeLV. (Even Big Cats like tigers and lions) FeLV is found in every region of the United States and is highly contagious. It is transmitted cat to cat. For example: bites, grooming, shared dishes and mother cats to their kittens. Cats may not show outward signs initially.
All cats should be tested but especially sick cats, outdoor cats, cats being adopted, cats who live in groups, or who may have been exposed to FeLV. If your cat is negative have him/her vaccinated on an annual basis. If you happen to have a positive cat know that they can live happily for several years. Keep them indoor, try to keep their environment stress free, keep them on a high quality diet, and visit your vet for regular exams.
For those of you that are hesitant to vaccinate, remember the benefits far outweigh the potential risks of vaccination.