How do cats contract leukemia?

How do cats contract leukemia? Topic: Research article on animal testing
July 16, 2019 / By Brooks
Question: I have (had) 2 cats, they were brothers from the same litter. They are 9 going on ten years old. Earlier today, I had to euthanize one of them due to feline leukemia. From the online research I've done, it says leukemia is transmitted by saliva/blood from infected animals. But...my 2 cats were indoor cats. I got them when they were 4 months old and they haven't been in contact with any other cats. So, how did one get leukemia, and does this mean my other cat will end up with it too?
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Al Al | 1 day ago
Most cats that become infected with feline leukemia virus show some clinical signs and succumb to secondary diseases within two or three years. In rare cases infected cats can remain symptom free for years, especially cats housed indoors. Young kittens and cats are most susceptible to infection. In your case I can only assume that your kittens were infected at birth or shortly thereafter before you got them. The most common mode of transmission is mutual grooming or bite wounds. It's possible that your other cat is infected and I would have him tested as soon as possible. Cats can live for significant periods of time post diagnosis. Even if your other cat has feleuk, it's not a death sentence. With good care and kept indoors she could be around for a while. See the attached article for more information on this disease.
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Sometime a mother can pass feline leukemia on to her kittens but the disease stays dormant for years. or is there any chance they could of got out even once? But if oyu are thinking that they had contacted the disease from their vaccination that is something i have never head of and ive been a vet nurse for nearly 7 years the likely hood of you other cat having the same disease is difficult to tell but ask you vet to perform a blood test as they can see if he is a carrier hope this helps
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