Can I catch FeLV from my cat?

Not likely: Some owners worry that they will catch feline leukemia from their cats. Humans have little to fear from FeLV, according to Joseph M. Trueba, D.V.M., of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He says that although we can't prove that the disease doesn't affect humans, two factors indicate the possibility is low:

  1. First, no evidence has appeared of the feline leukemia virus causing disease in any humans since it was discovered.

  3. Also, viruses that are similar to FeLV tend to affect only one species.

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