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FeLV is categorized into four subgroups



FeLV - A

is responsible for the immunosuppression characteristic of the disease.

All cats with FeLV have FeLV - A


FeLV - B

causes an additional increase in the incidence of tumors and other abnormal tissue growths 

About half of FeLV infected cats have FeLV - B


FeLV - C

Causes severe anemia

 Approximately 1% of FeLV infected cats have FeLV - C


FeLV - T

Leads to lymphoid depletion and immunodeficiency

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Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) is a lentivirus that affects cats worldwide 

with over 2 % to 4.5 % of being infected


FIV is transmitted primarily through deep bites 

where the cat's bite is contaminated by the virus

as it is present in the infected cat's saliva and

therefore will enters the body tissues of another cat when bit 


FIV positive cats can share water and food dishes, bowls and

eat from the same bowl of wet food and use the same litter pan

with low risk of transmitting the disease 


A pet owner who treats secondary infections can allow an infected cat to live a reasonably long life 

There is a low risk of an FIV infected cat passing the virus to other cats within a household, with the exception of any cat fighting that would cause wounds, bites, etc.    


If this happens the virus will infect the non infected cat with FIV



Always consult a qualified Licensed Vet or Feline Specialist to diagnose,
treat and care for your Persian cat - information provided is for you to take 
the steps to acquire a Persian cat from a reputable breeder 
Any illness or diseases a cat may have or show signs of should be seen 
by your Vet and if needed referred to a Feline Specialist !   

Happy Paws !  

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