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  • We're thinking about rescuing a kitten. We don't know the feline leukemia status of the mother or kitten. If it has feline leukemia will it be transferable to our older, already vaccinated cat?

    I recommend that you talk to your veterinarian about this issue. There is a small chance that your older cat could get feline leukemia from a positive kitten. This would depend on your older cat’s vaccine and health status as well as the amount of time that they spend together. I would recommend keeping them separated until you know if the kitten is infected. Your veterinarian knows your cat and can give you the best advice on the risks to your older cat if it turns out that the kitten is infected. 

    You can also read about feline leukemia in general.
     


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