Never place a newly acquired cat or kitten into your home without first having it blood tested for feline leukemia and feline immunosuppressive virus.
The diseases are caused by a virus and there is no cure for Leukemia or FIV
They are only contagious between cats. People and dogs are not at risk.
FIV is commonly transmitted by fighting and mating
Feline Leukemia is very contagious, it can be transmitted just by hissing, grooming, and sharing water bowls
All cats should be vaccinated for Leukemia to keep them healthy
Cats that go outdoors, fight, are intact, have oral disease, or have abscess wounds are at a greater risk of infection
Felines with these infectious diseases can have little to no symptoms. Testing is the only way to know for sure if a cat is infected
All cats should be tested for Leukemia and FIV. Countryside has an in-house blood test will indicate a cat is infected
Any newly acquired kittens or cats from an outside environment, shelter, or adoption center should be isolated from other cats until testing is complete
Due to the many variables associated with these diseases, a consultation with one of our veterinarians is highly recommended.