Test outdoor cats annually for FIV and feline leukemia

Annual tests for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus and feline leukemia should be standard for cats that spend any time outside, writes veterinarian Melanie Goble, and should also be performed within a month of any cat fights. FIV compromises the cat's immune system similar to HIV in humans and typically shortens the animal's lifespan; FeLV is a highly contagious cancer that usually kills infected cats within three years.

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