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Caring For A Cat With Leukemia

July 15, 2022
Tomorrow, July 16th, is Feline Leukemia Day. This isn’t a celebration, by any means: it’s to raise awareness about feline leukemia. Kitties can still live for quite some time with FeLV. In fact, the average cat lives about 2.5 years after diagnosis! Of course, Fluffy will need some extra TLC. A Tipp City, OH vet offers some advice on this below.

Get Fluffy Tested

You’ll need to monitor Fluffy’s condition carefully. Some cats actually fight off the FeLV virus, and end up immune. If this happens, your furball could still lead a very normal and happy life!

Watch For Warning Signs

With some cats, the FeLV virus will go dormant for a while. Fluffy may not show any symptoms for months or even years. However, it is important to know what to look for. Some of the red flags include lethargy, fever, and reduced appetite. Ask your vet for more information.

Keep Up With Wellness Care

Make sure that Fluffy sees the vet regularly. You’ll also need to keep up with her vaccines and parasite control. However, if your furry buddy is showing symptoms, these may need to be spaced out a bit. Your vet will be able to advise you.

Reduce Stress

We love to joke about how kitties are masters of relaxing, but the truth is they are very emotional, and can get upset quite easily. Try to reduce your feline pal’s stress. Pay lots of attention to Fluffy, and make sure she feels loved and safe. Lots of cuddles and play sessions are definitely in order!

Offer Warm Spots

Kitties with leukemia often tend to get a bit chilly. Make sure Fluffy has lots of warm, comfy spots to nap in. She may need a thermal bed or blanket in winter. Lap cats will also enjoy snuggling with their humans.

Offer Good Food

Fluffy will need a high-quality, nourishing diet. Your vet may recommend giving her bland foods, such as plain, cooked, boneless chicken. Ask for specific advice on this.

Keep It Clean

You’ll need to be extra careful to keep Fluffy’s bowls, toys, beds, and litterbox clean. Remember to wash your hands after touching her! You can’t contract FeLV, but if you pet another cat after handling your kitty, you could transmit it. As your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, we’re dedicated to offering great care. Contact us anytime!
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