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:

  • Keep him indoors. This eliminates the risk of him spreading the disease to other cats and reduces the risks of him catching infections.

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    If he has been an outdoor cat, you'll need to provide plenty of stimulation for him indoors to stop him getting bored. Click here for advice and ideas on ways to entertain house cats.

  • Feed him a really good diet. A well-balanced, nutrition-rich diet will help him fight infections. Your vet can advise you more on this
  • Don't feed him raw or unpasteurized foods. These may give him food poisoning or parasitic infections (e.g. cat worms) which he'll find very hard to shake off
  • Prevent cat fleas by regularly treating your cat and home. This will reduce the risk of skin infections and feline anemia
  • Clean his teeth regularly. This will help to prevent mouth infections and other cat dental health problems. Your vet will provide a special toothbrush and toothpaste that cats like the taste of

  • Arrange regular check-ups at the vet. These will help to identify and deal with any cat health problems early

Treat Infections and Feline Leukemia Symptoms
Quickly and Aggressively

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:

  • Antibiotics
  • 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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