Today we sent one more friendly male cat for neuter at ADOPT. His caretaker had been trying to trap him since last Fall. He would show up for weeks and then disappear for weeks, sometimes with fresh injuries. On an impulse, she was able to scoop him into a carrier. Luckily for her, he put up no fight. With a severe face abscess, she took him to her vet. Wound was cleaned, convenia and Revolution given as well as a SNAP test – he was FIV+. She tried calling everyone she knew as she was leaving town the next morning. In this one instance, I agreed to take him. Once in a crate, warm with a bed, he made constant happy paws. He would just lay his head in my hand. Covered with small scabs, he had clearly had fleas in the Fall which are more a symptom of general ill-health than most people know – healthy cats don't get fleas as readily. Made an appointment with ADOPT as soon as I could get him in, telling his story. Willie really won the lottery because ADOPT has agreed to keep him and put him up for adoption. His wound is almost healed and once his hormones wear off and he can be loose in a room he will be ever so happy! If you go to ADOPT looking for a kitty, look up Feral Fixers Alumnus, Willie! With this cat we have neutered 1 so far in March, 5 for the year and 11,690 since our beginning.
Are Two Better Than One?
In the course of doing adoptions, many potential adopters have misconceptions about owning multiple cats. More work, twice the expense, they will only love each other and not me! In reality, there are many positives about adopting two cats together. An additional litter box is not that much more work, more food competition reduces picky eating (wasted food), additional play reduces weight gain and therefore vet bills, comfort in knowing that they will always have each other if you can't be home all of the time.
Adopting two cats that have been fostered together is a win-win. Adding a cat to a home that has already had multiple cats is going to be much easier and successful. While they appreciate their alone time, once cats have experienced the joy of a multiple cat household it bodes well for their future well-being if that remains the case. Our lives change, providing our cats with a pal to navigate change is one of the best things you can do for them! In no way are we advocating a hoarding situation! But having seen the joy that fellow fur-buddies brings it is worth it to put aside those misconceptions!
We have so much experience among our adoption advisors, please give it consideration. Kitten Season will be here soon!
Vaccinations Can Be A Real Concern
Delaware recently passed a bill to allow titers to be given in lieu of rabies vaccines for certain dogs, cats and ferrets. A titer measures the concentration of antibodies produced after an inflammatory response to vaccination and measures the level of immunity to a specific antigen or virus. If enough antibodies are present, it can be used as "proof" of immunity to that disease.
Maggie’s Vaccine Protection Act, formally House Bill 214, was approved by unanimous vote. Once law, it will allow veterinarians to complete a blood test to see if an animal is still protected from previous vaccinations before administering more. Maggie died on Dec. 30, 2016, allegedly from over-vaccinating and suffered for 16 months as her owner took her to several veterinarians, trying to save her.
The bill reads, “This Act enables licensed veterinarians to exempt an animal from the mandated rabies vaccination, if the veterinarian determines, based on their professional judgement, that the vaccine would endanger the animal's health and a titer test may be administered to assist in determining the necessity of the vaccine.”