Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) is a virus which causes a variety of symptoms including deficiency of the immune system of cats, anaemia and tumours.
How does a cat catch FeLV?
FeLV is found in the saliva of infected cats. It is mainly transmitted by direct contact of one cat with another, particularly if they lick or bite each other. FeLV can only be contracted by close contact with an infected cat. FeLV is a fragile virus and does not survive for long on hands, bowls, cages, etc. so, for example, a cat cannot catch FeLV by being put in a basket which a cat with FeLV has used. FeLV is easily killed by any disinfectant.
read more here ... www.gla.ac.uk/faculties/vet/cad/informationforowners/felineleukaemiavirusfelv/
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