Leukemia is a very serious viral disease, as it affects the immune system, leaving the victim in a weak state of health. In the case of cats, it is potentially moral, since the virus that causes it (FeLV), enters the cells, incorporating itself into the genetic material of the cells, and this makes it very difficult to treat it.
Therefore, it is very important that, as soon as we see something strange in our furry's behavior, we take it to the vet. To help you, we explain how to know if my cat has leukemia.
What is feline leukemia?
Feline leukemia is a type of cancer that affects a type of white blood cells, called leukocytes, which are responsible for keeping the body healthy, free of infections. Once the virus comes into contact with the immune system, destroys it, making the task of leukocytes difficult. Thus, if the cat had, even a simple cold, their health would be complicated to the point that they could need veterinary attention in a hospital.
Symptoms of Leukemia in Cats
During the first stage of the disease, which is from when the virus enters the cat's body until about three months pass, the animal normally does not show any type of symptoms. However, after three months we could start to see changes in their behavior and in their health:
- Loss of appetite
- The cat gets very sick
- Trouble breathing
- Loss of interest in personal hygiene
Keep in mind that not all cats have the same symptoms. The appearance of one or the other will depend on how your defense system fights the virus.
In any case, whenever you see or notice that something is starting to go wrong, it is important that you go to the vet. Thus, you will have many possibilities to continue leading a life of dignity.