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Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and Feline Aids (FIV) are both feline viral diseases that result in lifelong infection that can be transmitted to other cats in the household. Either of these conditions may suppress the immune system and make it harder to fight off infection/disease. A “Feline Combo Test” is the table-side blood test used to check for the presence of FeLV and FIV. Every cat should be tested at least once in their lifetime. If injured by another cat or if unusual illness occurs, a repeat test may be recommended. Once tested negative, a FeLV vaccine is recommended for any cat that spends any amount of time outdoors (or whom is exposed to a cat that has access to the outdoors). For FIV, no vaccine is recommended due to complications with future testing and incomplete protection from the vaccine.
If your cat tests positive for either of these conditions, your veterinarian will explain what this means for your cat and how it affects them long term.