Situations Happen – 7 More
Yesterday we sent 7 ferals into ADOPT Pet Shelter for neuter, 4 males and 3 females. One female had been let into the house because she was obviously in heat and the caretaker did not want any kittens – she also was one big mat of hair so got shaved so definitely will be spending some more time inside til the weather warms up and her coat grows. Two males came from a house where the owner had passed – she had a tendency to let cats in, neutered or not – these two will be relocated, there is a location waiting. Three came from one of our relocation clients – the female in the trio has an entropion eyelid on her right eye. That can get worse and when would we be able to nab her for future treatment? She goes for surgery to correct on Tuesday. And number 7 is a very feral male who was going to make trouble. All of these have a solution to the return issue, thank goodness! With these 7 ferals we have neutered 8 so far in March, 12 for the year and 11,697 since our beginning.
More And More FIV+ Info
From the article..
A 5 year study by Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine, reported by Catster, have concluded FIV (feline immunodeficiency virus) is not transmitted through normal daily interaction between altered cats. That means FIV positive and FIV negative kitties can live safely together. And that means there's no need to euthanize cats simply because they test positive for the virus or bar them from placed into homes or managed colonies with negative cats in residence.
The key to safe co-existence is spaying and neutering. FIV passes from cat to cat when the virus enteres the bloodstream. That happens when intact cats inflict deep bite wounds during mating battles. Fixed cats who know one another don't interact that way. Normal daily behaviors, like grooming and sharing food and water bowls, pose no risk of transmission.
The same study also debunks another longstanding belief by concluding FIV positive females do not pass the virus on to their kittens. The research was conducted by Dr. Annette Litster of Purdue University and was published in The Veterinary Journal where it is available for purchase. A webinar presented by Dr. Litster after she had conducted her preliminary research offers an in-depth look at her initial findings.