What tests should be done on a stray cat?

You’ll need to take the cat to a vet to make sure it is spayed or neutered, receives a rabies and FVRCP vaccine (non-adjuvanted recommended), is tested for FIV/FeLV (never euthanize a cat for testing positive; it could be a false positive, and there are groups that specialize in these cats — get more guidance here).

How much does a vet exam cost for a cat?

Average veterinary price list

Grooming8 $30 – $500 annually
Cat or Dog teeth cleaning2 $50 – $300
Cat or Dog vaccinations1 $10 – $100
Routine vet checkup10 $45 – $55
Cat or Dog allergy test11 $195 – $300 (skin test), $80-$200 (blood test)

How can I test for FeLV in my Cat?

Your veterinarian can perform a screening test for FeLV in the clinic setting using a special test kit. The test kit changes color if the FeLV antigen is present in the blood sample. A positive screening test result is indicative of viremia, or the presence of virus.

Where did Melissa Nelson go to veterinary school?

This article was co-authored by Melissa Nelson, DVM, PhD. Dr. Nelson is a Veterinarian who specializes in Companion and Large Animal Medicine in Minnesota, where she has over 18 years of experience as a veterinarian in a rural clinic. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1998.

Is there a test to detect CPV in kittens?

Kittens born to vaccinated queens are antibody-positive for a variable length of time. Both ELISA and immunomigration test kits are available for detection of CPV antigen in feces. These tests are fairly specific for the virus, but dogs that have been recently vaccinated may transiently shed antigens detected by the test kits.

Why do you need a serologic test for FeLV?

Serologic testing for FeLV is important to identify infected cats and prevent transmission of the virus (see Feline Leukemia Virus and Related Diseases). Testing is also recommended before vaccination against FeLV, because vaccination of infected cats will not limit development or transmission of disease.