Both FeLV-infected and FIV-infected cats can live for many years and may succumb at older ages from causes unrelated to their retrovirus infections.
The healthy FeLV-positive cat
Healthy infected cats may remain apparently unaffected by the virus for a long time. With good supportive care and prompt attention to all potential medical problems, these cats may live for a long number of years. Bear in mind that these cats should be considered infectious and potentially dangerous to other cats. Such cats should be isolated from non-infected cats to prevent spread of infection. Although there is no known cure, supportive care can improve the quality of life, health, and longevity for cats with FeLV. Supportive care can include:
- Good nutrition
- Reduced stress
- Prompt treatment of illness
Note: Cats that become "Chronic Carriers" have created effective antibodies that neutralize the virus, but the virus still lives inside cells of the cat's body and can and will become active at any time depending on stress and the cats immune system. Even though they do not have acute symptoms, they can still spread the virus to cats which are not infected. Always remember they are FeLV positive; keep them indoors, feed them a nutritious diet and schedule a check up for your FeLV cat more often then usual. Help give these cats a fighting chance and a life they deserve!
A vaccine is available to protect cats from the FeLV. Although not 100% of cats are totally protected, the vaccine is strongly recommended for cats who are exposed to open populations of cats, (ie., outdoor cats).
If your cat stays indoors at all times and is not in contact with another cat that goes outdoors, the vaccine is generally not recommended. Many owners have concern that the vaccine will cause a cat to test positive for the virus, but this is not true. While the history of vaccination is important for us to know, it does not alter our ability to interpret the feline leukemia virus test.
CATS, CLAWS & CRUELTY
Claws are one of a cat's most valuable assets. All cats use their claws practically every day of their life. Cats use their claws for scratching, climbing, balance, defense, playing, kneading, and even self-expression. From a cat's point of view, claws are not optional. Claws are an integral part of a cat's "catness." No cat wants to be declawed.
Advancing age is not a disease
Aging is a natural process. Although many complex physical changes accompany advancing years, age in and of itself is not a disease. Even though many conditions that affect older cats are not correctable, they can often be controlled. The key to making sure your senior cat has the healthiest and highest quality of life possible is to recognize and reduce factors that may be health risks, detect disease as early as possible, correct or delay the progression of disease, and improve or maintain the health of the body's systems.
Blind cats do not know they are blind, they know they are cats. They act like cats.
Blind cats can do pretty much everything that a seeing cat can do. They can climb trees, climb up on to the top of cabinets and get into places that you can not figure out how they did it.