How common is leukaemia in cats? It varies.

The question in the title is incomplete because it implies that the question is about cancer; a type of blood and bone marrow cancer but when leukaemia is spoken about in the context of domestic cats it means a virus, specifically, the feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) which is the most important cause of cancer in cats and which significantly contributes to the severity of other feline diseases. Click this link for a plain language article on FeLV.

A FeLV cat who had FeLV years ago. I hope he had a decent life.
A FeLV cat who had FeLV years ago. I hope he had a decent life. Picture in public domain.

Having got that out of the way, and having noted that we are referring to a virus, you will find varying answers to the question. A book1 written by 4 veterinarians that I often refer to, states that “the incidence of active infection varies. About 1-2% of healthy free-roaming cats are infected”. The incidence will be higher in catteries and in multi-cat households. Sometimes the incidence of the presence of the virus in their blood will be as high as 20-30%.

Cornell Feline Health Center tells us that the feline leukaemia virus affects between 2-3% of all cats in United States. They do mention that there are now effective vaccines and accurate testing procedures which has reduced this virus’s significance over the past years.

A study: “Outcome of cats referred to a specialized adoption program for feline leukemia virus-positive cats” dated 2020 states: “Approximately 3–4% of cats in the USA test positive for feline leukemia virus (FeLV), a diagnosis that affects an estimated 60,000 cats in animal shelters each year.”

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As to the UK, the Blue Cross organisation say that between 1-2% of cats in Britain are permanently infected with the virus and the majority will die within 4 years of detection of the virus. Although they do say that this percentage is estimated. It is the number one killer virus in the UK of cats. It impairs the cat’s immune system leaving it obviously vulnerable to a variety of diseases and infections.

Although the percentages are low, in pure numbers the figure will be high. If 3% of all cats in the United States are affected by this disease, it represents 2.7 million cats. By way of contrast, the number of domestic cats in Belgium is estimated to be 1.7 million.

Lifespan of cats with felv?
Lifespan of cats with FeLV?

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It is believed that feral or free-roaming urban cats may have an incidence as high as 40%. The DVM 360 website states that the infection rate is anywhere from 3%-14% of domestic cats “depending on geographic location, sex, lifestyle and general health”.

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FeLV Chart. MikeB.

Adoptable FeLV cats

Please read this section too. It is important for the cats’ sake. They are sentient beings deserving of our love, even more so as they are vulnerable. The article continues below the slide show which is a series of links to further pages in this topic.

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It must be stressed, however, that FelV positive cats can live good lives. They do live good lives in the right homes. They are adoptable and they are good cats. The best situation for a FeLV positive cat is to live their life in an indoor-only environment and be the only cat in that environment. After that it is down to providing excellent care including a nutritionally balanced diet and a veterinary examination at least twice a year according to DVM 360.

I’m not going to cover treatments. I do have pages adoptable FeLV cats which you can select in the slideshow above. Simply click on the relevant link and you will be taken to that page.

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1. Cat Owner’s Hand Veterinary Handbook page 89 3rd Ed.

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“2 FeLV kittens in need of a home” – FeLV kittens and cats can and should live good lives.

Introduction

Many years ago, perhaps around 2008, Jan visited my website and posted a request for visitors to give a home to 2 FeLV cats. I am revisiting that page and using it as a base to add more detail and information. Jan’s post is below the introduction. I don’t know if the kittens were adopted.

Affectionate FeLV cat
Affectionate FeLV cat. Picture in the public domain.

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Information about FeLV

Not all cats who test positive for FeLV or are exposed to the feline leukaemia virus become ill. It is a retrovirus. Retroviruses produce an enzyme that enables them to insert copies of their own genetic material into the cells they have infected. It is not a cancer but it can cause many health problems which can be caused indirectly or directly. They can be caused indirectly because the virus lowers the cat’s immunity. The disease is the most common cause of cancer in cats. It causes two types of cancer: acute non-lymphoid leukaemia and acute lymphoid leukaemia. This is cancer of the blood.

People can and should, if they are so minded, adopt a cat with FeLV. They require special considerations. They can live with other animal species because the disease is not zoonotic. However, the disease can be spread through blood, tears, faeces and urine to other cats. Therefore, it is recommended that a FeLV cat lives with other felines who have the disease.

Most cats with FeLV live normal lives but their lifespan is significantly shorter. It is said that around 80% of FeLV kittens do not live past three years and most die within a year.

They deserve a life and one that is as good as possible. They can have a life and a good life. It is a gift that some people can give them. If they do, they deserve praise.

Cats with acute lymphoid leukaemia may do well for a period of time with corticosteroids and immune stimulants. In contrast, the acute non-lymphoid type carries a very bad prognosis. My reference book tells me that many cats with this version of the disease die within two weeks of being diagnosed.

RELATED: Some useful articles on FeLV positive cats.

Adoption ‘agencies’

Fortunately, there are many excellent people, often on social media including Facebook, who network to find homes for FeLV cats. One such Facebook group is “FIV and FELV+ cats that need homes”. And another is “FeLV cats need love too”.

There are many special needs Facebook groups as well. For example: Special Needs In Need, Special Needs Cats who Need Special Adoption, FeLV Advocate. You might like to check these out. I cannot guarantee that they are still in existence because things change.

Testing positive once is not enough

There is an interesting article from Austin Pets Alive which asks people to make sure that cats tested positive for FeLV, genuinely have the disease. It seems that some tests produce false positives. Also, if a cat under six-months-of-age tests positive they should be tested again at six months old because kittens have an approximate 30% chance of fighting off the virus. These kittens acquire the disease at birth. They argue that no cat should be declared FeLV positive until tested at six months of age. They should be isolated from other cats during this time.

As for adult cats they should be retested four weeks after the initial test. The test referred to is the Elisa/Snap test. Some adult cats fight off the infection after initial exposure. The disease can be confirmed as truly positive after a positive outcome on the second test. You can also use an IFA laboratory test as this reveals true FeLV infection in the body not just exposure to the virus.

They also have some advice about ensuring that FeLV cats are adopted. I’m going to refer you to their PDF file on this which you can read by clicking on the link below. It is certainly very useful.

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This is Jan’s short post asking for help in finding a home for 2 FeLV cats:

by Jan
(New York City)

Snuggling

Snuggling

Pie and Puff were pulled out of an animal shelter before they could be euthanized. They are 3-month-old brothers, and they adore each other, people, food, snuggling, napping, wrestling, bath tubs, toilets, ribbons, feathers, dust ruffles, and printers. They are fascinated and entertained by most anything, and they are extremely affectionate and people-friendly.

Currently they are being sheltered in New York City, and they need a permanent home with a loving family who will tend to their medical needs.

My email: jandreams2much at hotmail.com (please substitute the “at” for “@” – this is to avoid email spammers)

Jan

Note: Anyone who is prepared to help please contact Jan or leave a comment. Or spread the word. Pie and Puff are great names by the way. I would love for these cats to be homed and loved. This is what it is all about bottom line…Michael (Admin)

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by: Gail (Boston, MA USA)

Has anyone adopted these two precious furkids?


 

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I guess that to receive the business loans from creditors you should present a great motivation. But, one time I’ve received a short term loan, because I wanted to buy a house.


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by: Anonymous You’re a sweet women Gail. We thank you
for posting this on Facebook spreading the word.

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by: Gail (Boston, MA USA) This is such a heart-warming story about these 2 beauties. I wish I could adopt them, but I already have a feline with hypothyroidism and cannot take another
for now.
I did, however, post this link on the Animal Rescue Site on Facebook. Hopefully, someone in the world of animal lovers there will have the ability to adopt these wonderful felines. Please keep us updated as to their progress.

Some more on ADOPTABLE FeLV cats

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Some staff at Cats Protection resigning over the organisation’s kill policy

CAT NEWS & VIEWS: There appears to be dissent amongst some of the volunteers at the well-known cat rescue organisation, Cats Protection, over their kill policy. It is reported that some of the staff have resigned and some have been sacked because of this. One member of staff, Natalie, says that the charity wants to euthanise cats that have two viruses namely Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and the feline leukaemia virus (FeLV). Both FIV and FeLV cats are adoptable and can live decent lives under proper care.

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ZANDT. Cats Protection had apparently told a volunteer, Iain, that a rescue cat, Zandt, had to be returned to where he had been found but Iain rejected that request and adopted the cat instead. As you can see in the photograph he is thriving. Photo: Iain MacIver

She stays that if a feral cat comes into the rescue suffering from either of these viruses they are euthanised immediately without any further testing. Another volunteer, Sue Phillips, supports her accusations. She volunteered at the Atherton and Wigan branch for 21 years but was recently told that she was no longer wanted.

There was a meeting at the branch over a cat called Simba who had FIV. The organisation wanted to put the cat to sleep. The volunteers challenged the decision. Management insisted that FIV cats are to be euthanised. It was a clash of attitude.

Sue Phillips also recalls another cat called Zorro. She agreed to transfer him to an adoption centre. She had put a lot of effort into taking care of Zorro. Within three weeks of being placed at the new adoption centre he had been euthanised. They didn’t discuss it with her. She believes that it was the worst decision of her life to let him go to a new adoption centre and that he should not have been put to sleep.

Zara Oldfield works at the Torbay and Teignbridge branch. She was told on a course run by the charity in January that from April cats with FeLV had to be euthanised together with kittens born of a FeLV mother. Also, FIV cats were assessed for any other issues such as behavioural issues and if they existed these cats were to be euthanised as well. She said that the tests aren’t always accurate but that did not change the policy.

Jackie Goodman worked at the Stockport branch as a coordinator. She was sacked because she had allowed freeroaming cats near the pens. Her manager said that the colony of cats had to go and she refused. Most of them had health issues so it would have been hard to rehome them. She did what she thought was right for the cats. She was told that she was spending too much. It appears that she agrees but she wasn’t deliberately breaking the rules. She was just doing what she thought was right for cat welfare.

Carole Barnes worked at the Stockport branch for 11 years. She was also sacked because she helped another volunteer setup a cat rescue organisation in Stopford. This created a conflict of interest which resulted in her departure. Their rescue is doing well, apparently.

In another example, Kim Leadbitter resigned from the Wharfe Valley branch in North Yorkshire. She had been smuggling cats out of the charity because they were given a death sentence and she disagreed with it. She says that FIV cats should not be given a death sentence. She claims that her branch had plenty of money but that she had to get permission spending anything over £50.

A volunteer at the Harrogate branch said that, “There is a kill policy for FIV cats both domestic and feral. I was told that we were not to take in any more farm kittens as ‘who knows what germs they may bring in'”.

Another volunteer, Naomi Reynolds, at the Wrexham branch resigned after a kitten called Pickford was put to sleep. The kitten had health issues but an adopter had been found who was willing to pay the fee and for treatment. The kitten was still euthanised.

Pickford was dead and so was my belief in cats protection – Naomi

Iain MacIver also had a grief with the charity. He rescued an emaciated and traumatised cat named Zandt (see picture on this page). He adopted the cat rather than carry out the instructions of the charity to release him where he was found. He regarded that instruction as a death sentence for the cat who is now an adorable loving cat companion to Ian but, “no thanks to Cats Protection”.

I will leave it there. There are other examples on the Mirror newspaper website. The general tone of the article is that the attitude of Cats Protection over cats which could be saved and those which could be euthanised differs to that of a significant number of their volunteers upon whom they depend to run the organisation. My impression is that the management may have decided to tighten their purse strings because of budgetary demands. It is always like that. It’s about deciding where to draw the line. Cat welfare costs money. Saving lives costs money and tough decisions have to be made. That is not to defend the charity. I would tend to support the volunteers over the management but I don’t have all the facts.

Articles on adoptable FeLV cats

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Cat rescue specializes in FeLV positive cats which they adopt out for free and provide financial support

Austin Pets Alive! are doing a wonderful job with respect to FeLV positive cats: they have a program which keeps them alive and in new homes. FeLV positive cats suffer from the feline leukaemia virus. The spokesperson at Austin Pets Alive!, Monica Frenden, says that FeLV positive cats are often euthanized at shelters. I guess they are seen as having no future and they are contagious.

The prognosis for FeLV positive cats is variable. Some cats kill off the virus (about 40%) while others keep the virus in check but sadly, about 30% die and some die within months while some have no symptoms after four years. The Berkeley East Bay Humane Society say that FeLV positive cats normally die within 3.5 years of being diagnosed.

The important point is this: these cats can have a decent life ahead of them and they can make great cat companions. They deserve a chance and Austin Pets Alive! recognise their value and do their utmost to ensure that they find a new home by adopting them out without charge and providing financial support to adopters for veterinary care resulting from the disease.

Monica Frenden says that about 2% of the feline population have the virus. Wikipedia stated at one time and perhaps still do that about 0.5% of pet cats are infected with this virus. Berkeley East Bay Humane Society say that 3% are affected.

Whichever statistic you take, there are a lot of FeLV positive cats in America. Austin Pets Alive! save almost 100% of the cats in their charge which carry the virus. They do such a good job that they have gone into partnership with the University of Florida who are studying the cats with the intention of finding a cure for the virus. This animal rescue organisation has such a good knowledge of this disease that it makes sense for scientists to work with them to find a cure. They pull FeLV positive cats from across the country and even from Mexico.

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Austin Pets Alive! want to give FeLV positive cats the same opportunities in life that ordinary healthy cats have. They want their lives to be no different to other cats. They succeed in this laudable objective.

Here is a video news bulletin about Austin Pets Alive! which is the source of this article.




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Highest Prevalence Of 4 Feline Illnesses USA, By State

This is a map of the United States of America showing the highest prevalence of 4 common feline illnesses by state. In other words the map shows the states in which these illnesses are most common across the USA.

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I think it’s quite interesting! There would seem to be a conglomeration, if that is fair, towards the south east of the USA. Both the north-east and the far west of the USA appear to be better in respect of these common feline diseases.

I’m not sure whether you can say that states with the highest incidence of these four feline illnesses are the worst in terms of general feline health. I don’t think you can but there may be an indication that there may be greater feline health issues in those states.

The report upon which the map is based says that since 2009 the number of cats infected with the feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) has increased by 48% and, at the moment, the experts don’t know why.

One journalist believes that the increase may be due to more animal shelters taking in cats infected with FIV rather than euthanising them. I presume what is saying is that there are more adoptions from shelters with cats that have FIV. FIV cats can live normal lives provided the standard of care towards them is high.

Another possible factor as to why the states shown in the map have the highest prevalence of these illnesses is that they may be states where it is more common to allow cats to go outside. However, there is no data on that as far as I’m aware. Perhaps a visitor might kindly provide an inside information on that suggestion.

FIV is commonly transmitted by bite wounds between male cats fighting over territory or a female. This clearly supports the idea that there are more outside cats in the states referred to.

Note: the report comes from Banfield Pet Hospital who do a good job compiling the information but they support declawing.

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) in Plain Language

Overview

As the name suggests, this is a disease caused by a virus that infects cats. It is a complicated disease. It can develop in various ways.  Sometimes an infected cat will cure himself. Sometimes it is a fatal disease as it can cause cancer. It also stops the cat’s immune system working which allows other serious illnesses to take hold. Some cats can partly cure themselves and carry the disease. There is no effective treatment.

FeLV Postive Cat Copper
FeLV Postive Cat Copper. Photo Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue

The Virus

The virus that causes FeLV is similar to the one that causes FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). They are both retroviruses. This sort of virus multiplies inside the cat’s cells as part of the cell’s DNA (DNA – molecules containing chromosomes and genes). The diseases caused by these viruses are similar. However, the ways in which they are caused are not the same.

How Common is FeLV?

This virus causes more diseases than any other sort of infection. It causes more cat deaths than any other illness other than “trauma” (injury). It is the biggest cause of cancer in cats. Its presence makes other disease worse. As you can see from the percentages, a lot of sick cats have FeLV.

  • About 1-2% of roaming cats are infected (USA).
  • In the UK probably less than 1% of healthy cats have FeLV.
  • Cornell Feline Health Center say that 2-3% of all cats in the United States are infected with FeLV.
  • In houses where there are several cats, and more, up to 30% of the cats can be infected (meaning the virus is in the blood of these cats). This figure is for the USA.
  • Of all feral and roaming cats up to 40% may have the infection (USA).
  • In the UK up to 18% of sick have FeLV.

How is it Passed from a Cat to Another Cat?

It is passed from cat to cat through saliva which contains the virus. So the infection is passed by:

  • cat bites
  • shared water bowls
  • shared food bowls and
  • one cat grooming another

Also the virus is passed by a mother to her kitten when pregnant or when the kitten drinks his mother’s infected milk. Sometimes the virus is transferred through urine and poop. If cats share a litter tray the virus could pass from one cat to another this way.

Infection in a stressed cat is more likely to happen. Cats living in overcrowded and dirty conditions are also more likely to catch the disease. Kittens are more likely to be infected because they have less resistance.

How Does the Disease Develop?

At the beginning, the illness last for up to about 16 weeks. The signs are vague, sometimes mild and include:

  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Apathy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Possible anemia

Afterward the disease can take one of four courses:

FeLV Chart
FeLV Chart

The cats that take the red path have an immune system that is much less effective which allows other diseases to take hold. These diseases are usually:

  • FIP – feline infectious peritonitis
  • Feline infectious anemia
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Toxoplasmosis
  • Cystitis
  • Gum disease
  • Bacterial infections

3 in 10 of the cats taking the red path develop cancer. The cancer can sometimes be felt in the abdomen area. The cancer may spread. Sometimes a cat in this group get leukemia which is cancer of blood.

Diagnosing FeLV

Your vet will probably use a test called the ELISA test. This test detects for antigens in blood and saliva. An antigen is a substance that instigates the production of antibodies that fight the disease. This test should be repeated to see if the cat has cured the disease.

Treatment

There is no effective treatment. But cats that have FeLV (FeLV positive) are good cat companions and they need homes. Often rescue organisations advertise them for rehoming. Of course they should go to a home where there are no other cats. They require excellent care.

Prevention

Stop the spread of the disease:

  • Remove infected cats from a group
  • Don’t introduce infected cats into a group
  • Seek veterinary advice
  • Clean the house. The FeLV virus is easily killed.

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Claude is an adoptable FeLV cat needing a home

I rescued Claude about two weeks ago, brought him home and immediately had him vaccinated. Then I scheduled him to be neutered, the vet called me and said he was positive for FeLV and that they wouldn't neuter him.

Then they offered to retest him which they did and it came back negative, I was elated. So they neutered him. Then they called me back and said the lab made a mistake and he was for sure positive. My heart sank.

I'm taking care of my 85 year old mother who has breast cancer and I have five other cats in my home. I love him so much already, and want to keep him but I just cannot.

I do want him to have a chance at being loved and living his life. Please if you know someone or would like to adopt Claude, get in touch with me.

My email is dawn_n_john@msn.com. My phone is 661 943-7185.

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Thank you for keeping Claude, he's a lucky cat.

I fostered three kittens for a rescue and when they tested positive to FeLV knew I couldn't hand them over to be euthanized. My vet suggested that as my own cats were all adult cats who were past strays they would be naturally resistant to the virus. Of course, they all received their shots first. Two of the FeLV+ cats lived with my own cats for 7-10 years and not one of them became positive. In fact, my cats lived to 19, 20 and 23.


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Dawn, you are a sweet women. Well done. I am so happy for Claude.


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Claude is no longer up for adoption. I am too attached to him, and could never let him go.


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Just one more week until my other cats get their booster Felv, then Claude can come out of seclusion. He's very healthy, and is extremely playful and loving.


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I'm going to need it. I have him secluded in our Pet Room, thank goodness I have a place for him. He seems to be doind ok.


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You are a good woman, a good friend of cats, and compassionate, Dawn. I salute you!


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I wish you both the best of luck. I have connected this page to an FB group who might be able to help.


FeLV Positive Adoptable Cats

by Elisa Black-Taylor
(USA)

Molly at Foothills Shelter

Molly at Foothills Shelter

Molly at Foothills Shelter Coco at Wilderness Cat Rescue My cat Buster My cat Spot

FeLV positive adoptable cats, especially those in shelters, more often than not have a poor chance of adoption due to the nature of the disease. This doesn't have to be a death sentence for a cat!

I was asked to do this article in hopes of helping some FeLV+ adoptable cats find a forever home. I've read a lot on the subject over the years. I've also had three cats with the disease. One died after being attacked by a pack of dogs. The other two died of the disease itself. Back in the early 1990's I lost two cats who had tested positive five years before their deaths.

I've had a few people tell me having a FeLV+ cat living in a home with a cat who has tested negative isn't much of a risk to the healthy cat. I really can't be the judge of that. I can tell you that over a fifteen year period, having dozens of cats who lived inside, only three became infected.

Of course it stands to reason that the vaccine must be given to any cats in the home before a FeLV+ cat is even considered for adoption. The vaccine isn't 100% effective, but it comes close.

Our shelters are full of FeLV cats and kittens. Some have contracted it through contact with other cats. Others had it passed to them through a pregnant mother cat.

Unless a FeLV+ cat can be adopted into a private home or a rescue solely for FeLV/FIV cats, euthanasia is quite common. When I first began rescue I was asked to take in an infected cat. Due to the number of cats in my home I had to refuse. It's always more of a danger in multi-cat households.

If I only planned on giving a home to one or two cats, FeLV cats would be at the top of my list. It's NOT a death sentence as many believe. Just read up on the subject. To me FeLV simply means taking extra precautions both on a nutritional level as well as when an illness presents itself. There are a lot of good supplements out there to peak a cats immune system. A FeLV+ cat lover also needs to be extra tuned in to their cats health. Take the cat to the vet at the first sign of illness, as immune system problems are what cause most of the serious health problems common with the disease.

As I said earlier, I watched two of my cats succumb to the disease. My cat Spot was 15 when he went to the Rainbow Bridge. I'd had him for 12 years. His developed into cancer, which is quite common. I watched him go from an 18 pound cat to under 5 pounds at the time of his death. He never really showed signs of ill health. He was a loving lap cat throughout his life. He simply lost weight until there was no more weight to lose. He died eating a bowl of his favorite sardine flavored cat food.

Buster died in much the same way. Although he never developed cancer, he wasted away from a 15 pound cat to under 4 pounds. He, like Spot, had a healthy appetite right up until the end. The weight just wouldn't stay on him.

I've never regretted having Buster and Spot. It was hard watching them die, but they had a good life.

Anytime we adopt a cat we're taking a chance. We never know what illnesses or diseases they will develop over time.

There are FeLV+ cats in shelters everywhere. They're not any less lovable than other cats. They're certainly just as beautiful. Without a loving home and someone willing to take a chance on them, they have no chance.

Take a look at Molly. She's in a shelter right now waiting on someone to take a chance on her. Foothills Shelter is a private 501c3 animal shelter located in Columbus, NC and is the only shelter in Polk County. This shelter is currently home for Molly, a sweet stray who has tested FeLV positive. To adopt or rescue Molly please contact Foothills Humane Society, 989 Little Mountain Road • Columbus, NC 28722 • Phone: (828) 863-4444.

Coco is aFeLV positive adoptable cat and is available from Wilderness Cat Rescue in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Here's a link to the information on their rescue. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/VA536.html. They also offer feral barn cats. This rescue sees the importance of finding homes for cats that aren't the most desirable for the majority of those wishing to adopt.

For anyone hoping to adopt in the near future, please do some research and see if a FeLV+ cat can become a part of your family. They deserve a forever home as much as cats born healthy.

Should you decide on one of the beautiful cats or if you have a cat living with FeLV I'm happy to inform you there are support groups out there. These groups discuss the issues these cats and their owners face regarding FeLV.

Readers, do any of you live with a FeLV positive cat? Is there any information you'd like potential adopters to know? Any misconceptions that need to be cleared up? I welcome your input.

Elisa

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im from costa rica, i travel to NYC every year but this year its impossible for me to go this time, theres any chance to complete a form or a fee it doesnt matter, i want to help them.Mybest friend ever died from FeLV a month ago, she helped believe and take care and aprreciate the little small things in live. im gonna call to ask for molly and how it goes to take her here with me and take the policy necessary if it is possible. Thanks so much... to have the time 4 them


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