Thursday, February 10, 2011

An insight on Cat Diseases

Like humans, cats can suffer from fatal health problems. One of the most common and deadly diseases cat has feline leukemia.
It is often believed that feline leukemia is a cancer, but it is actually a highly contagious virus that can cause cancer. It is indeed a retrovirus known as FeLV, which means that if a cat disease, it can only affect cats and can not be transmitted to humans or dogs.
FeLV estimated 1:59 percentage of normal, healthy infected cats. Cats that go out regularly are much more likely than cats kept indoors and women contract the infection more frequently than women and more kittens.
This cat disease is often transmitted in saliva through shared food and water bowls, nose to nose greetings and bites. Other routes of infection are urine and feces, so shared litter boxes can be a risk. There is additional risk of a pregnant cat passes the disease to her kittens.
If a cat infected with FeLV will subsequently detected the virus in the bloodstream about two to four weeks. Nevertheless infected cat no symptoms, if so, probably fever, lethargy, diarrhea and swollen lymph nodes.
Some cats will not have the infection develops, because the exposure was a little, others will develop an infection that is latent in other words, it is suppressed by the immune system of the cat and is usually not contagious. Still others will be permanently infected with FeLV and carry and transmit viruses. These cats will almost certainly develop other cat diseases within a few years and may be related to immunodeficiency and subsequent infections, anemia, enlarged lymph nodes or platelet disorders or cancer. Unfortunately this is only the tip of the iceberg, and there are probably many other events.
Vaccines against feline leukemia and cat owners have their cats vaccinated each year. But these vaccines are not fully effective, so animals that go far and share a home should be tested for this disease in cats.

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