Feline Leukemia Treatment.
How To Manage Feline Leukemia Symptoms
Feline leukemia treatment is aimed at slowing down the progression of the
disease as much as possible, by treating feline leukemia symptoms.
Cat leukemia, unfortunately, has no cure at the moment. There are some experimental drugs, but most vets won't prescribe them and to date none have been proven to cure the disease.
Feline leukemia is caused by a virus (FeLV) which attacks the cat's white blood cells. These are responsible for fighting infections.
So a cat with leukemia will find it difficult to fight off infections that a healthy cat would get rid of easily.
Cats with leukemia often get many different infections which they progressively find harder and harder to get rid of as their immune system continues to weaken.
Because there is no cure (the feline leukemia vaccine is preventative only), once a feline leukemia test has shown a positive result, treatment involves two main things:
- Trying to keep the cat as healthy as possible, so if he does get an infection he'll stand a better chance of fighting it
- Treating any infections and feline leukemia symptoms quickly and aggressively
This page gives practical advice on how to do these things, so if you do have an FeLV-infected cat you can give him the best chance of a healthy, happy life.
Feline Leukemia Treatment - Keeping Your Cat Healthy
The following things will help keep a cat with leukemia healthy:
As soon as your cat shows any sign of an infection or other health problem that may be related to the leukemia, take him straight to the vet for treatment. Many diseases and infections, if caught swiftly and hammered with the right drugs, can be cured.
Depending on the problem, treatments may include:
- Chemotherapy or radiotherapy if your cat develops a tumor
- Blood transfusion
- Dietary supplements
Feline leukemia treatment involves managing the symptoms of the disease and slowing its progression down as much as possible. Some cats, if they're well managed, can live for years with leukemia and can have an excellent quality of life.
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