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01 October 2010

Shield your cat from this killer

Cat lover? Then you'll want to protect your feline friends from feline leukaemia virus – a fairly common, highly contagious and deadly disease.

For any cat lover, losing a cat is painful. To lose a kitten that's only a few months old, feels tragic. And when, two weeks later, you discover your other kitten has incurable feline leukaemia, you swear you'll never have a pet again.

Both looked fine at first, but Nina, the female, soon developed diarrhoea. It took three days of intensive treatment in hospital to sort her out, and for a while afterwards her immune system wasn't on a par with that of Lukas, her brother.

  • loss of appetite;
  • weight loss;
  • fever;
  • diarrhoea;
  • vomiting;
  • pale gums; and
  • poor coat condition.

  • be on the lookout for disease symptoms;
  • monitor your cat for secondary problems;
  • make sure your cat has access to good quality food;
  • consider giving your cat immune-booster medication; and
  • take your cat for a check-up every three months.

 
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