Feline leukemia virus, or FeLV, is one of the most common infectious diseases in cats. It’s believed that about three percent of cats in the U.S. carry the virus.
FeLV can affect a cat’s body in many ways. The virus may weaken their immune system, leaving the cat susceptible to other infections or diseases like blood disorders or cancer. While there is no known cure for FeLV, infected cats can live for many years with proper veterinary care, a quality diet, a low-stress home, and lots of love.
FeLV cannot be transmitted to humans, dogs, or other animals – it only affects cats. The virus does not live long outside of the cat, and is hard to transmit between cats. Cats can become infected through contact with saliva and activities such as sharing water bowls, communal grooming, and social contact. Kittens can become infected if their mother carries the virus. To help stop the spread, FeLV+ cats should be kept indoors as a single cat in a home, or with other FeLV+ cats.
Adoption Special for FeLV+ Kittens
During kitten season, March through October, RASKC typically sees an increase in positive tests in kittens, since it’s easy for FeLV+ mothers to pass the virus to their offspring. However, a positive FeLV result does not always mean a cat will develop symptoms – about 70% of cats that are exposed to the virus are able to resist or eliminate the infection.
We highly recommend giving these cute, fluffy kittens a forever home with the life and love they deserve! So, now through the end of August, we’re reducing the fee for adopting an FeLV+ kitten to just $30 – the cost of the pet license.
When you come in to greet your new fuzzy family member at the Pet Adoption Center, an adoption counselor can help answer any questions you may have. As with any new pet, you should consult with your regular veterinarian for information and a health management plan.
See all of our adoptable pets at kingcounty.gov/AdoptAPet. Our Pet Adoption Center is located at 21615 64th Ave. S. in Kent. Adoption hours are noon to 5 p.m. weekdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.