(Closed) Anyone’s kitty have feline leukemia?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
519 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m so sorry! What a bummer! I had adopted a cat from the Humane Society and he tested positive for the kitty equivalent of HIV. I was so sad!! I vote just spend the most time you can with him and enjoy him.

Post # 4
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oh my goodness! I am so sorry for you right now, its making me cry.  All I can say is, enjoy the time you have with your cat, love him as much as you can, we never know how long our pets will last.  

And yes, its definitely worth to get him tested again at his next checkup.  Is there any medicine he can take?

By the way, what a precious pic!

Post # 6
687 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Oh I’m sorry to hear there’s no cure or medicine…but read up on holistic treatments and just love your kitty as much as you can! and yes, I’m glad that humane society didn’t test for it, at least your kitty got to experience life and love!  I just had to give my kitties a hug after I read your post!


Post # 8
711 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Awww he is so cute! I’m sorry he is sick, but just stay positive, shower him with love and treats, and hope for the best.

Our cats do not have feline leukemia, but one of them (Monster) has hypertrophic cardiomyopathy – or something like that spelling wise. He has a leaky heart valve, and a murmur, and his heart may become enlarged. But, he’s on meds and everytime he has a checkup, they say his heart looks great! Which is not at all what they initially predicted….

Monster says he hopes your cat stays healthy, and he’s sending love his way!

Post # 10
302 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My college roommate and I adopted a kitty that was about five years old, and he wound up having Feleuk.  For about a year or year and a half after his diagnosis, Mr. Darcy did much better and was totally healthy. But he started ripping out his own fur and stopped taking good care of himself after a couple of years, and it was more humane for him to be put down. ๐Ÿ™ But we loved him so much, and just did our best to keep him happy while he was alive.

 RIP, Mr. Darcy.

Post # 11
305 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

This thread makes me want to cry! Jduck, your cat is beautiful! Is he an orange tabby? I can’t tell from the pic b/c it’s black and white, but he looks just like my orange tabbs. I would get him another check up just to be sure everything is still okay with him. I don’t know much about feline lukemia but maybe he’ll be one of those kitties who beats the odds and as long as he is well taken care of and receives proper treatment and medication, will be just fine, I hope!

Post # 12
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Feline leukimia is preventable. It’s like parvo in dogs and can be spread to other cats just by having contact with each other, so if you have any other cats you need to keep them separated and don’t let your kitty outside. I’m sorry he has it and I hope he can fight it off. *hugs* Hoping for the best here.

Post # 14
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It is my understanding that Feline Leukimia Virus (FeLV) and FIV are NOT the same thing, although they are both eventually fatal, and both are highly communicable.  From what my vet told me years ago, (and I don’t know if this is still considered true or not), but the easiest way to prevent either is simply by keeping your cat indoors.

Just out of curiousity, though, didn’t the shelter test him for FeLV and FIV before he was adopted?  Because of the communicable nature, I think that should probably have been tested for before he was made available for adoption.  What if you had had other cats?

He’s such a handsome boy!  Hopefully he will be able to live a long and healthy life!

Post # 16
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jduck84 – I am so, so sorry to hear that. He’s a beautiful boy and I am glad that he at least has a forever home where he will be spoiled and loved for the remainder of his days. I know that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with – I hope you have a few more good years with him, at least, and I’m glad he’s your only so that you’re not facing the extra heartbreak. 

I never understood why owners wouldn’t vaccinate. It seems really sketchy to me how that shelter acted. Future Brother-In-Law & Future Sister-In-Law run a small cat rescue, and they are able to get vacs at a good price. They give many themselves. I’m sorry you and he have to suffer for his old owner’s negligence. ๐Ÿ™ 

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