Ask the Vet


Dear Dr. Schelling,

I am getting a new cat and my friend told me I should have her tested for Feline Leukemia Virus before bringing her home to my other cats. Is this true?

–Concerned about diseases
Dear Concerned,

Yes, it is very important to test all cats for FeLV before introducing them to new feline households. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is highly contagious and usually fatal. Testing and vaccination are key to preventing this disease. Your veterinarian will draw a blood sample to test for FeLV, as well as perform a physical exam to check for other potential problems.

Click here to learn more about FeLV.

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Can Cats See in the Dark?


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Dear Francis,

Cats see very well in the dark thanks to special structures in their eyes. A cat’s eyes are designed to capture as much light as possible and reflect it within the eye itself to see images—even in very low light. The tapetum is a highly reflective membrane at the back of a cat’s eye that helps this process and is also responsible for the flash of yellow (or red in Siamese cats) we see in a cat’s eyes in the dark. Even cats cannot see in pitch black, such as a dark cave but they can see much better detail in low light than we can.

Read more about the anatomy of a cat’s eyes here.


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