My sister had to put her kitty Paris down today. She contracted Feline Lukimea. What I want to know is how. They recently adopted a cat that was hanging around their apartment. But she had him tested for everything and all tests came up negative. So she didn't contract it from him. She is an indoor cat only. She has never been outside except as a kitten. Can it be dormant and show up negative when she was a kitten and then show up now?
How old was the cat that was put to sleep? From what I understand, 2 tests for Feline Leukemia should have been done on both cats. The initial test and another test 90 days later to make sure the first test was realy positive, as it can take the viremia that long to show up. I would compare it to a dog testing negative for heartworm, then testing positive 6 months later because it takes that long for adult heartworms to start producing the hormone the blood test tests for.
If your friend only did one test on each cat in it's entire lifetime, that is why. Each cat should have been tested 2x.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
A cat can live many years with lukemia. If the cat was put down just because it had it is no excuse. So I am going to assume the cat was very ill, leading me to believe the cat already had the disease as a kitten. The immune system is very low, so you have to keep the cat away from anything that could give it, in easy terms, any germs. The new cat might have had a mild cold, which in turn made the resident cat ill. Comprimising the immune system. The new cat wasn't there long enough to transmit the disease, and make the resident cat that ill, that quickly.
Come to find out my sister didn't check her cats when she first got them about 2-3 years ago. She didn't know any better. The kitty had a wound on her neck and she became very ill afterwards. So she was taken to the vet and that is when she was diagnosed with Lukimea. The vet advised to put her down. Since she was so sick they didn't think she would live very much longer. Especially if she where to get sick again. So my sister decided it was better for her to go in peace rather than die in pain.
My sister had a cat with it. He started to lose his hair. And really not eating. So they put him down. I know of a cat that has diabetes. She is on a cat food that you have to get a vets signature to get and you can only get the food at the vet. So if anyone has a cat that is on dialysis. Talk to your vet about the cat food for it. It is working.