Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV, is a retrovirus of cats and kittens that is almost always fatal within 3 years of contracting the disease. The virus is spread through direct contact with infected cats, such as grooming, bites, sharing litterboxes and sharing food and water bowls. It can also be passed from a mother to her kittens before they are born, or while they are nursing. The virus can severely weaken the immune system, making the cat extremely susceptible to other infectious diseases.  It can also cause tumors, other types of abnormal tissue growth, and anemia. Mobile Pet Vax strongly recommends that all cats that spend any amount of time outdoors, or are a part of a multi-cat household receive this vaccine. The initial kitten series is administered at 9 weeks of age or older, and a booster is given 2-4 weeks later.  Vaccination is recommended annually for all cats at-risk.