10/4/2010

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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