Feline Viral Testing
Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV, or "Feline AIDS") are viral disease of the cat that can have serious, and often fatal, consequences. It is common for cats infected with these viruses to not show outward clinical signs for a long period of time before they become ill with the disease.
We feel it is important to know the viral status of every cat in your home, and this can be checked with a simple blood test. It is important to have this test done when adopting a new cat, especially those that have been strays or are coming from animal shelters; this testing becomes even more important if the new cat is coming into a home that already has other cats.
Vaccination for Feline Leukemia Virus is strongly recommended for all cats. FeLV is easily transmitted between cats by casual contact. We currently don't recommend vaccination for Feline Immunodeficiency virus. While there is a vaccine available, there are several drawbacks to the vaccine, making its usage uncommon. This virus is most often transmitted during cat fights, so neutering your cat and keeping it indoors are the most effective means of FIV prevention.