TESTS FOR DISEASES


The following are guidelines only. Please follow your veterinarian’s suggestions if they differ.


FeLV - most veterinarians recommend feline leukemia testing at 10-12 weeks when mom’s immunities have left the body. Incubation in adults is usually 2-4 weeks.

FeLV/FIV - joint tests are available for feline leukemia and feline infectious virus. FIV can incubate for 4-6 months, so a re-test is advisable.

FIP - Controversial: tests antibodies for corona viruses in which FIP is one of over 20 virus types. A positive reading does not identify the virus that reads positive, nor whether the virus will develop.

Stool samples - tests for internal parasites. Sometimes several samples must be collected to identify parasite, due to inconsistency of parasites in stool. Most kittens have roundworms, given to them by the mother cat. For this reason, most veterinarians recommend de-worming all kittens for roundworms as routine. If a kitten or cat has had fleas, the incident of tapeworms will increase. Tapeworms look like rice in the stool. Kittens with a bad case of roundworms or tapeworms can have runny stools, gas, a bloated stomach, a deficiency in nutritional intake, and anemia. Parasites can be deadly to a kitten if not dealt with in immediately. Other common parasites includes guardia and coccidia.

 

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