Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Reader Question: How Contagious is Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)?

Mona Lisa, a sweet rescue kitten with FeLV.
Dear Dr. Plotnick, 
Originally published in Cat Fancy Magazine, October 2014

I recently took in a very sweet feral kitty and discovered that she tested positive for feline leukemia upon a blood test in March. I was told that if she retests negative, she is free and clear.  Does that mean she will no longer be able to transmit the disease to the healthy cat that is already living with me? I have not been able to find any information to confirm what I have been told.

Thank you so much,
Diane B.

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