Leukaemia in Cats

6 May 2022

April 20, 2020

I have many strays one of my cats got very sick through Feline Leukaemia mainly because he would fight with other cats even after he was neutered, a cat bite my cat and through the saliva this was transmitted, more than 50% of infected cats die within 2-3 years after being infected. In some cases, once diagnose deaths occur in the first year this is highly contagious, cat can pick up form saliva, urine, feces, nasal secretions and milk of an infected cat, sadly kittens can also contract it in the womb from their infected mother, most kittens will die before birth some will die shortly after or remain infected.

Social behaviours such as grooming, biting or sharing food areas can also cause transmission of the virus.

FeLV-A is contagious and can spread from animal to animal some cats can fight and overcome the virus without any help.

This is not a form of cancer, but it can cause cancer, it is a virus and can be a real threat to other cats FeLV-A is the one transmitted from cat to cat, some cats can carry other combinations.

FeLV -B is associated with development of abnormal tissue or tumours.

FeLV-C causes severe anemia FeLV -T causes a suppressed or weakened immune system in cats.

Not only are their different subgroups the virus also proceeds through stages which there are six in total. The virus enters the cat and spreads through the body, traveling up the bloodstream and replicating.

Some cats in early stages can fight off the virus. In the case the virus is not stopped the bone marrow becomes infected once this is established in the marrow infected cells can be released this is when this can infect other cats.

Signs and Symptoms of Feline Leukaemia

  • Loss of appetite
  • Slow weight loss over time
  • Severe wasting late in the disease
  • Pale gums
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Behaviour changes
  • Infections
  • Eye conditions
  • Fever
  • Poor coat conditions


What are some of the herbal treatments that can help?

  • Astragalus is an herb with major immune boosting properties.
  • Acedmannan which is found in aloe vera juice is a very powerful immono-stimulant in animals, especially cats. Acemannan triggers an autoimmune attack on the virus.
  • Aloe Vera - Contains Acemannan, which has been proposed as an adjunctive therapy for cats with FIV.
  • John’s Wort - A powerful herb that helps control viral infections and reinforces your cat’s immune system
  • Turmeric - A potent antioxidant that strengthens the liver and fights off the damaging effects of free radicals
  • Dandelion - Stimulates the appetite, enhances digestion, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cat’s Claw - An effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that enhances your cat’s immune system and helps fortify their defences against viruses like feline leukaemia and FIV.

 You can get your cat immune against it and if you suspect your cat does have leukaemia there are two types of blood test that can be done, do be aware that some pet insurance may not cover this.

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