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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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cats and leukemia

i have a question,i hope someone can answer.my sister has a kitten that is not vaccinated agaist luekemia,it is 13 wks. old.well she had a friend over her house that has had a cat that recently died of leuk. and she has other cats that im sure are carries.what is the percentage that the kitten can pick this up off of the woman.i raised the kitten and now i am so worried,that she will pick it up now.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 09:47 PM
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From what I understand it can be passed from person or object that has been exposed but it's unlikely. It's generally spread by siliva and blood. I would get the blood test run though to make sure (check with the vet 'cause they may tell you to wait a couple of weeks). And then get the vaccines done if you think she may be exposed again. Why risk it?

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you are right,but the vaccine is not 100% ,but maybe it is a good idea to do it anyway.i am so angry,now i will have to worry about this before i can get her tested.her mom and siblings were tested and they came out negative,but because this woman was in the house with her ahhh,im just so mad.i hate it when people get animals and dont bother to vaccinate them they just leave them outdoors to fend for themselves,that is what this woman does.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-03-2005, 11:00 PM
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I know, it's so frustrating. No, no vaccine is %100 but it's the best we have right now. Try not to worry too much, as I said it's unlikely that he caught it from the woman. The virus can't live for very long outside the body. They usually say to bleach everything as a precausion. I think your kitty will be fine.

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thanks nanook,would it help to give the kitten a bath.
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I don't know. Probably not, but it can't hurt if he's old enough.

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The kitten CANNOT catch Leukaemia from the owner of a positive cat, so please don't worry. I work with positive & negative cats and only have to take basic hygiene precautions. @It is a contagious disease, but can only be transmitted via direct contact, and even then its not a huge risk unless the cats are fighting, mating or grooming each other. I don't think you have anything to worry about here, by all means get the kitten tested, but if she is positive, she had the disease before coming into contact with this lady.

Oh, and bathing the kitten would not do anything even if she had caught it.
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thanks emma you made me feel a whole lot better .
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I'm glad I could dispel a few myths for you
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emma is correct, however, acording to my vet (and Cornell University) the virus CAN survive outside the body for a short period of time. They don't think that it posses much of a threat BUT they don't know for sure. That is why you should always wash your hands after handling a positive cat and bleach the area. I didn't mean to make it sound like it was something you should worry about though. As I said, I think your kitty is fine.

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