Cat owners cringe when a pet is diagnosed with feline leukemia because this viral disease is often fatal. It can leave its victims in such a debilitated state that they die of secondary infections or related illnesses such as kidney disease, blood disorders, or cancer. Shed in saliva, nasal secretions, urine, and feces, feline leukemia is also highly contagious – cats can become infected through bite wounds or social grooming.
Currently, there’s no cure for feline leukemia, so the best preventative measure you can take is to have your cat tested and then vaccinated for the disease. The other option is to keep him indoors where he cannot come into contact with potentially-infected cats.