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How can a baby kitten transmit feline aids and feline leukemia to adult cats?

Asked by Mr_M (7596points) August 9th, 2008

I understand I have to keep my baby kitten away from my adult cats until the kitten is old enough to be tested. How would the kitten transmit the diseases if she, in fact, had them but was too early to test? How “away” is away (i.e., No contact at all? Nose to nose OK? Can they share food? Can they share litter box?)

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syz's avatar

FeLV and FIV are spread through bodily fluids – blood, urine, and saliva. Fighting, hissing, or even grooming could potentially transmit the viruses.

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loser's avatar

Good to know! Thanks PnL!

marissa's avatar

Well, I just spoke to our vet about this very issue (we’re fostering a kitten abandoned in a parking lot in the oppressive heat of summer) and they said what syz said :0)

I love that we have a vet here!!!!

syz's avatar

In the interest of full disclosure (and so as not to be accused of misrepresenting myself), I am not a DVM. I am a vet tech with 20+ years of experience who now manages a 24 hour emergency and specialty hospital. I also have at my disposal 6 helpful veterinarians for support and backup.

crisedwards's avatar

I have two cats that are positive for FeLV and it is transmitted easier than FIV. FIV (feline HIV) requires blood contact or sexual contact. FeLV (feline leukemia) can be transmitted through more casual saliva contact, like sharing a water bowl, or bathing each other. That’s what my vet said, at least

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