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Feline Lukemia tests?

In Drs. Foster and Smith cat catalog, they have a feline lukemia test. Can you test your cat for feline lukiemia? Is there are vaccination for cats against feline lukemia?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-15-2005, 09:09 PM
 
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Yes and yes. I have had all of my cats vaccinated against feline leukemia. The one that I did not, a sweet indoor Russian Blue named Chelsea, died from it. She contracted it from having contact with an (infected) outdoor cat. It was a sad lesson learned.
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Yes and yes. I have had all of my cats vaccinated against feline leukemia. The one that I did not, a sweet indoor Russian Blue named Chelsea, died from it. She contracted it from having contact with an outdoor cat. It was a sad lesson learned.
I thought that cats couldn't contract it just like humans. Sorry about Chelsea. Thanks for replying.

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I don't know what the tests are that Drs Foster and Smith are selling (I'll have to look though) but I wouldn't recommend anyone just buying one to use on their cat. More than likely you'll need a blood sample and this can be really tricky (especially on cats!) so I wouldn't even try.

There are vaccines for Feline Leukemia but unless you have an outdoor cat or one who comes in contact with many other cats, I wouldn't get it. Mine lives indoors and is never around other cats, so there is just the slimmest chance he'd become infected. I'd rather not risk any possible side effects of the vaccine (or just plain over vaccinating him) if he doesn't need it. I hate that its part of our yearly vaccine schedule at work because most people don't even ask about it, they just assume they need it.

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Just wanted to clarify that I too agree that you should not conduct this test yourself. I didn't understand that you meant that in your post, until I read catlovers reply. If you want your kitty tested, have the bloodwork done by your vet.
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yes, have the vet handle the testing. It's important to note that the tests are not 100% conclusive. A positive cat can still test negative, however a positive test result is about99% conclusive. Positive cats may also never actually develop FeLV either, and the vaccinations are not guaranteed to prevent a cat from ever contracting it.

I had a cat who was dying from the disease and tested negative for it.

Theres more mystery than fact surrounding FeLV still, but vets have come a long way in understanding it. just my $0.02

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