Question by Lyndsey C: vets/vet techs/cat health experts-feline leukemia question,please?
i have 5 cats with feline leukemia,all still asymptomatic.i also have 2 negative kitties.i keep the felv+ and the negative cats seperated in different parts of the house.i would love to put the negative kitties in a bedroom for a few hours,and let the felv+ guys have access to the living room for a little while.i would remove the climbers,toys dishes and scratching posts of the healthy kitties while the felv cats are there.since it is spread by saliva,urine,biting,blood and giving birth,i assume it would be ok for the cats just to play and walk on furniture?or am i mistaken? the felv cats get plenty of love,but live at the back of the house,where we visit and care for them.i just thought they would enjoy spending time with the family in the living room,a more central location.we would enjoy their company.but i dont want to jeaopardise the healthy cats,who stay in the living room most of the time.is it ok as long as the cats are in no direct contact,or is even walking across the same room bad?im not sure how,since it is a blood and secretion borne virus,not an airborne one like flu? any advice welcome. ps-i rescued the felv+ cats from being pts at the shelter.as long as they remain asymptomatic and enjoy their lives,i will let them have a shot at life,whether short or long.they are all doing well so far.again,the negative and positive cats will never meet,i just want to put the healthy cats in another space briefly and let the felv cats enjoy the living room a little bit each day.
Answer by Kelly
OK…FeLV is spread through:
Nose to nose contact
blood exchange ( bites)
20% of infected mothers will spread to their kittens
shared water/food dishes
shared litter boxes
FeLV can live for several hours outside the body. That being said, there is still research ongoing regarding whether temporarily viremic cats will shed the virus within the first few hours in the blood, and whether non-immune viremic cats will consistently shed the virus in the above mentioned ways.
Bless you for taking in these hard to place + kitties….but I would venture to say that I would not allow them to share areas of the house. If you do decide to do this, invest in good cleaning product such as ken-sol or roccal ( both proven to kill the virus can purchase form vet retailers such as fosters and smith) 10% bleach solution has NOT been proven to kill FeLV or panleukopenia) and use it on everything before you allow your – cats back into the area.
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