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022. My cat recently passed away from FeLV. How long should I wait before getting another cat and are there any special precautions I should take?




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This article is from the Feline Leukemia (Cats) FAQ, posted to rec.pets.cats newsgroup. Maintained by Erin Miller with numerous contributions by others.

022. My cat recently passed away from FeLV. How long should I wait before getting another cat and are there any special precautions I should take?

Well, your own grief issues aside, from a medical point of view you do not need to wait very long. The virus is fragile outside the host, and I know of one vet who has even stated that it would be safe the next day. Personally, I would wait a week at least. You should definitely discard the litter box and food/water bowls, or else clean both well with household detergents or a 1:32 bleach solution.

 

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