Are there any particular kinds of cats who are more prone to Feline Leukemia Virus than others?
Erin, there is no breed predilection for infection with Feline Leukemia virus but there are some risk factors that make some cats more susceptible than others. The virus is spread by close contact, particularly in saliva so sharing food bowls, fighting and mutual grooming are both high risk activities. Females can also pass it to their kittens in utero or while nursing. It’s also possible to spread the virus by sharing litter boxes but this is less common.
Males seem to be more commonly infected than females. It’s also more common in cats that are allowed access to the outdoors, probably because they’re more likely to encounter the virus in their travels. Susceptibility to infection is highest in kittens and young adolescents with an immature immune system.
A vaccine is available for this virus so it’s worth speaking to your vet about your cat’s risk of infection and if vaccination is a good idea. | 01.07.16 @ 10:21