The first Internet Cat Video Film Festival was premiered by The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, on August 30, 2012. Ten thousand Internet cat videos were nominated from around the world, and 79 were chosen and edited to a 75-minute feature that was shown on a large screen. People came from across the country, and even from overseas, packing the museum lawn to enjoy the event. What began as a crowd-sourced social experiment at a leading art center, resulted in national and international media attention with an international audience.
After the Walker Center showed the film, Scott Stulen (WAC Project Director) received 160 requests to screen it. He chose only a few winners. May 11th the Great Wall of Oakland drew over 2,500 attendees for their street screening. Walker Art Center has generously chosen to share their updated version with Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) for their September 7th, 2013 screening at Heather Farm Park.
CC4C will share this honor with numerous other local nonprofits and has invited over a dozen other animal rescue groups, as well as local artisans, theatrical performers, and musical groups. Great food will be available including catering from Diablo Valley College Culinary School’s students. The East Bay Vintners Alliance will be pouring from numerous area wineries and Pyramid Ale House will provide beer.
The event will begin in the late afternoon. Admission is only $10 at the gate. At sunset the feature 75-minute video from Walker Art Center will be shown on a large screen in the beautiful park setting of Heather Farm. More details will be provided as we get closer to the event.
For more information, contact event planner: Ann Fox @ 925-588-5885 or email@example.com.
For more information about becoming a Sponsor for the event, please go to our Sponsorship page.
Check out our Facebook Event Page and let us know if you’re coming!
Community Concern for Cats joins
for FREE CAT ADOPTIONS!
Saturday, June 1, 12 noon – 5 pm
Sunday, June 2, 12 noon – 4 pm
Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) is participating in a gigantic weekend adoption event to find qualified homes for our many rescue cats and kittens. Free CC4C adoptions will be offered throughout the weekend at the following locations:
- Walnut Creek PETCO, 1301 S. California, Walnut Creek (Map)
- Pleasant Hill Pet Food Express, 2158 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill (Map)
- Lafayette Pet Food Express, 3610 Mount Diablo Blvd., Lafayette (Map)
This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we will be featuring cats of all ages—senior cats, adults, kittens, even special needs cats that are looking for a great home. The goal of Maddie’s Fund® is to find loving homes for every cat and dog in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco County’s shelters and rescue groups. The event marks the largest collaboration of animal shelters and rescue groups in the three counties coming together for a two-day pet adoption event. Maddie’s Fund has set aside $4 million to provide shelters and rescue groups with an adoption stipend per pet adopted during the event. Stipends range from $500 to $ 2,000.*
Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is being held to increase awareness of shelter animals, boost adoptions, and support the shelters and rescue organizations in the eight participating communities. The event honors the memory of the foundation’s namesake, a miniature schnauzer named Maddie.
* Maddie’s Fund will pay organizations $500 for each young and healthy animal, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older or who has been treated for one or more treatable medical conditions, and $2,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is 7 years of age or older and who has been treated with one or more treatable medical conditions (list is available at http://adopt.maddiesfund.org).
ABOUT MADDIE’S FUND®
Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation endowed by the founder of Workday® and PeopleSoft, Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl. Maddie’s Fund is helping to achieve and sustain a no-kill nation by providing solutions to the most challenging issues facing the animal welfare community through Maddie’s® Grant Giving and Maddie’s Institute SM. Maddie’s Fund is named after the family’s beloved Miniature Schnauzer who passed away in 1997.
ADOPTION UPDATE – 84 CATS AND KITTENS ADOPTED!!!
CC4C adopted out 84 cats and kittens over the weekend thanks to Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days. We had a lot of kittens adopted, older kittens, some adults, some seniors, and even some special needs kittens. Thank you, Maddie’s Fund!
These poor kitties once had a good life but now have lost it all. Their elderly owner fell ill and was moved into a care facility in early April. Unfortunately, he made no provisions for his sixteen cats… and they were all booted from his house. They are very sweet and loving and have cute personalities and like each other. Knowing these housecats couldn’t survive on their own for long in the backyard, CC4C was asked to help with the situation.
As of May 6th, three have been adopted (two males and the female Himalayan). There are still 11 females and 2 males that need homes. All are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, combo tested (two tested FIVFeline Immunodeficiency Virus, FIV, is commonly known as Feline AIDS and is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide. FeLV and FIV are in the same biological family, and are sometimes mistaken for one another. However, the viruses differ in many ways. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused also differs.+), and given any other meds they need. Half are about 4 years old, the others are about 10-12 years old. Six of the older cats are having dental work done. And six require professional grooming due to severe matting. These cats are wonderful companions very sweet, a few are shy but they do come out for petting and brushing.
If you can help foster or are interested in adopting, please contact me! These sweet kitties need a new home urgently! Thank you to the Lamorinda Patch for posting for them! Thank you to several of our Facebook friends for sending in donations– the kitties thank you!
And a very BIG thank you to Dr. Laurie of Theater View Vet in Orinda– her assistance in this rescue operation has been invaluable!
There’s a wonderful website launched called Be the Change for Animals, or BTC4Animals.com about encouraging people to stand up and be a voice for the animal community. The website encourages bloggers to get more involved in improving the lives of animals, by getting involved in an animal cause, and blogging for change for them.
One of these bloggers who is doing just that is Savannah, whose blog can be found at Savannah’s Paw Tracks. In her blog she says, “I hope I Can Be The Change For Animals every day of my life.” Savannah has also started working with and supporting us at CC4C. Thank you Savannah for your support and mentioning us on your blog! In Savannah’s blog post she highlights the debate about feral cats killing wildlife. It’s a contentious debate with many recent articles published demonizing stray and feral cats for killing birds and other wildlife.
This is one reason why we at CC4C are such staunch advocates for always keeping cats indoors, and why we spend so much time trapping, spaying and neutering, and feeding stray and feral cats–to reduce their population and breeding. But killing them does not solve the problem. Killing one animal or species to save another animal is not rational thinking in this case, nor a moral solution. And killing them doesn’t make the problem go away. It’s only cruel, inhumane, and unethical. But a good trap-neuter-release policy presents a sound, humane solution, and when coupled with daily feeding, provides long-term care and support while reducing the potential cat population.
Love comes in all sizes — and when considering a cat to adopt, often the best things come in big packages. CC4C has an endearing collection of adult cats and older kittens, waiting anxiously to become the cat of someone’s dreams.
Sure, little kittens are cute, but they outgrow that phase quickly. With adults and older kittens, what you see is what you get. No surprises (well, not many. We are dealing with cats here, after all!) Real satisfaction comes when your cat is old enough to relate to you as a companion, not a chew toy or human cat climber.
CC4C has many warm armfuls of love that have been overlooked for months while the kittens bounced around our adoption sites. These cats have been passed by through no fault of their own — only because they weren’t little and cute. But kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. season is over (for a while). Now is the adults’ time to shine!
Is your ideal companion playful or peaceful? Lap-sitting and bed-snuggling? Decorative and independent? Sedentary, speedy, funny or fearless? Sleek or super-fluffy?
CC4C’s current stock of adults and older kittens is sure to include the right fit that will have you saying “yes to the cat!”
If you can’t adopt a cat yourself, you can help the waiting adults get the loving homes they deserve, in several ways:
Foster an adult or older kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. — or two — or encourage a friend or family member to do so. Some adults blossom better when away from the multiple cats in CC4C member homes.
Spread the word about the positives of adult cat adoption, and the excellent examples waiting at our adoption sites.
Financially support the expenses involved in spaying/neutering, vaccinating, testing, treating and healing these rescued cats — as well as the costs of our ongoing efforts to find and save the ones still out there looking for a second chance.
SAVE THE DATE! Sept 7, 2013 for our first-ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival!
Donate and buy goods at our well-stocked thrift store — Rescued Treasures – in its new, larger Walnut Creek location. Please visit our newly relocated thrift store:
1270 Newell Avenue, Walnut Creek (the San Miguel Center, one block east of Whole Foods), 925-937-3201
The proceeds from the clothes, furniture, collectibles and décor items you donate (or purchase) will increase our ability to help homeless cats.
Or, visit www.communityconcernforcats.org for photos and stories of some of the wonderful pets we have available.
Or, come to our weekend adoption sites at these locations:
- Lafayette Pet Food Express, Sat. & Sun., 12 – 4
- Pleasant Hill Pet Food Express, Sat. & Sun., 1 – 4
- Walnut Creek Petco, Sat. & Sun., 1 – 4
Thank you for your steadfast support of CC4C. We take seriously the confidence you show in our ability to prevent cat homelessness in Contra Costa County — as we have for more than 25 years. With your help, we’ve placed many thousands of cats and kittens in loving homes. And with your continued aid, we’ll help many thousands more in the years ahead.
P.O. Box 3795, Walnut Creek, CA 94598 (925) 938-CATS Tax I.D. 94-3037122
This article was published in the Lamorinda Weekly, on August 29, 2012
By Julie Schmoll
An adult cat waits for a new family at a recent adoption event KittenA young cat under 1 year of age. season is upon us once again, bringing an abundance of wiggly kittens vying for new homes. Sounds great, right?What could be so bad about kittens?
Maybe more than most of us realize.
Due to Lamorinda’s mild climate, kittens are born year-round and an un-spayed cat may have up to four litters of kittens a year, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) website. The organization estimates the number of kittens an unspayed cat and her offspring could produce in seven years could reach more than 91 million.
Local rescue groups such as Community Concern for Cats (CC4C) focus on adoption and trap-neuter-return programs for feral cats to keep the population down. “Lamorinda is a dangerous place for kittens in the wild. Coyotes, hawks, owls and raccoons all prey upon them day and night,” says Moraga resident Candace Olsen, long time CC4C volunteer.
CC4C sometimes get dozens of calls to their hotline each week, says CC4C Board of Directors member Jennie Richards. “We usually get between three to ten calls a day. We never want to turn away cats in need, but we just don’t have enough people available to foster.”
Overcrowding in shelters sometimes results in adoptable pets being euthanized, but like many rescue
foundations, CC4C never euthanizes animals, except in extreme medical situations, says Richards. “When the cat is suffering and dying, there’s no question that it is the best thing to do.”
When kittens flood the shelters, older cats are overlooked in favor of the new kittens. “We are able to adopt out one adult cat a week,” says Richards. “Families just like to start new with kittens.”
Richards recommends becoming a foster family, or adopting a pet. “It’s a great way to help out if you aren’t ready or willing to make a 20-year commitment to a pet. It’s fun for the family to have a kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. or two in the home and it allows the cat to grow before being adopted. We try to pair people with a cat that fits their household’s needs. People with young children should get a slightly older kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. because they are less vulnerable and fragile,” Richards added.
“Many Lamorindans have adopted these homeless little ones,” says Olsen. “It’s fun to drive around Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette and remember: ‘An adopted cat lives there’ or ‘I placed two kittens in that home.’ It’s a great feeling to know I’ve helped turn around the lives of these animals and added a loving presence in these homes.”
The main way people can help is to spay and neuter their pets, says Richards.
Olsen says a situation in Orinda got out of control because one female cat was left un-spayed. “When we were called to help the yard was overrun with that female’s offspring: three adult females and ten kittens,” she says. “Community Concern for Cats trapped and fixed the adults and found homes for all the kittens.”
If you’re interested in adopting a cat or kittenA young cat under 1 year of age., the rescue holds adoptions in three locations every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Petfood Express in Lafayette and Pleasant Hill, and at Petco in Walnut Creek, or you can contact the organization directly.
“I personally don’t mind people coming to visit a cat in my home,” says Richards. “Our number one goal is to find every cat a loving home.”
Copyright: Lamorinda Weekly, Moraga CA
Beginning November 3rd, our Lafayette adoption site will change their hours to 12-noon to 3pm on Saturdays & Sundays.
For the past 17 years, I have been engaged in cat rescue. People are surprised when they learn that I have an allergy to cats, which for me is equivalent to Lady Gaga having an aversion to makeup. I have such passionate love for these wonderful felines that I regard sneezing and nasal stuffiness to be a small price to pay for the privilege of enjoying their company.
Cats are beautiful animals! My admiration extends to the big cats, as well as to our domestic breeds. Such animals as lions, leopards, and panthers normally mask enormous powers behind a placid attitude that is perhaps indifference but comes across as serenity. Common housecats share the steel-beneath-velvet qualities of the large feline predators — as anyone knows who has seen a pussycat pounce on a rat or make a standing leap from the floor to the top of a door.
Cats are intelligent creatures with admirable powers of observation. They are aware of the world around them to an amazing degree. For example, one of my cats, Snoopy, has to take nasty tasting medicine every day. Now he runs when he simply hears the sound of the bottle being opened. I myself have been feeding feral cats at several places around town. They have come to recognize the sound of my car engine and come running out to greet me. Once a week we put some of our rescue cats into a carrier. The cats clearly are tabulating day-night cycles because on the seventh day they go into seclusion and all you can see of them is their eyes peeking out from some hiding place.
My concern for rescuing cats came from my mother’s influence. When stray cats would appear at our back door, Mom would always give them a saucer of milk and sometimes a place to stay. I grew up with cats. My earliest memories include a tortoise shell family cat, named Lady, who gave birth to litters of kittens that contributed to the problem that I am now trying to solve. For 15 years, Lady occupied a privileged position in our midst and we grieved for her passing as for the loss of a beloved family member.
Lady was an indoor-outdoor animal, but when my uncle died the cat apparently experienced such an inconsolable sense of loss that she disappeared. We never learned what happened to her, but two years later — long after we had given up hope of ever seeing her again — I glanced out the window of my car and saw Lady slinking along the side of the road. She was emaciated and ill. In those days, we didn’t take cats to vets but we gave Lady loving care and eventually she recovered. If cats have nine lives, Lady probably used up seven of them during that exile.
Cat rescue became a central life issue for me in 1997. I was at work in my office, which was located in the Pleasant Hill Redevelopment Area. Someone mentioned that he had seen kittens crossing the street, so I went looking for them, and in a little lane between some bungalows I found them. A resident of the area told me, “There are always cats here.” I made it my purpose to take care of them and located an organization called Community Concern For Cats (CC4C) that gave me traps and some instructions. A member of the organization joined me and the two of us ended up trapping 50 feral cats. We had them spayed, neutered, and gave them whatever medical attention was necessary. Some of them were adopted and others went to live in backyard homes, with owners’ permission. A few of them, who were incurably ill, had to be put down.
The experience made me aware of a big problem lurking out-of-sight in all of our communities, and I subsequently learned that pockets of feral cats like the one that I helped take care of are scattered throughout Contra Costa County. These cats have a tough life marked by battles, starvation, and disease. I have great respect for the mama ferals who are able to find sufficient food to keep their babies alive. The total number of free-roaming cats in our county is estimated to be around 150,000. Once I discovered the truth, I found it impossible to turn my back on the problem. On some days, I wish I had never found out. Ignorance is bliss, they say, and I sometimes envy children who remain blissfully innocent and carefree because of the things they don’t know.
For Cats’ Sake
When I discovered that Community Concern For Cats shared my concern, I joined the group and threw my energy and resources into helping the organization work towards its goals. In 1985, Gary Bogue helped bring resources together to start the group. People have no idea how difficult rescue work is. There are currently about 35 of us but we could use an army of people dedicated to carrying out our mission. We are in danger of being overwhelmed; simply finding enough vets to neuter the animals becomes a difficult challenge.
The business is consuming; it tends to swallow you up. We continually get calls from people saying that they have moms and babies in their yard. What would these people do without us? In three years they would have 50 cats running around in the yard. Another area group, who call themselves Alley Cat Allies, is on a mission to educate people about the problem. Their main message is the same as ours — that the response to the problem consists of a Trap-Neuter-Return tactic, which is more helpful and certainly more humane than the Trap and Kill alternative. In fact, providing for the cats seems just, as well, since these creatures have as much right to their place on earth as we have to ours.
Every community needs our kind of group. Our four-legged clients are unwitting victims of a heartless social phenomenon that we have come to refer to as “disposable pets.” Many of these pitiful creatures are simply abandoned. We trap cats, neuter them, and care for the kittens. We are careful to put our rescued cats into home environments where they will be safe and given loving care. In many cases, our adoptive families come to believe that they receive more benefit from the loving animals that have come into their lives than they were able to bestow upon them. We feel the same when we give assistance to these animals; they are giving wonderful gifts to us.
An Animal Communicator (we try to avoid “Cat Whisperer”) spoke at one of our recent meetings. She could discern the essence of a particular cat just by looking at its picture. She was good, but when it comes to cats, I also have highly developed skills. If you are around them long enough, any alert person will eventually pick up nuances of movement and attitude that betray a cat’s motives and choices. I have learned to think like a cat and have assisted a number of people in finding their cats by nothing other than imagining where I would go if I were a cat. I listen to their nonverbal communications. Perhaps cats sense that I like them but, whatever the reason, I have handled feral cats that wouldn’t permit themselves to be touched by other people. There is nothing particularly special about my abilities because all of us who hang around with them long enough eventually learn how to do this stuff.
Doing What We Can
During the 26 years that CC4C has engaged in this humanitarian effort, we have cared for more than 50,000 animals. I myself have adopted out more than 2,000 cats and have neutered many more.
New volunteers are sometimes initially reluctant to provide temporary housing for rescued animals while they await adoption because they are fearful of becoming so attached to each cat that they would become unwilling to let them go when permanent quarters were located. “Just do it,” I tell them. “You will learn to care for them, kiss them goodbye when the time comes, and then look forward to the next one.” Turning away is difficult because of the reality that without our intervention these beloved cats would be put down or, in the best case scenario, would be left to live under dangerous and wretched conditions. Animals who end up in the animal shelters are given five days of grace. In the event that nobody adopts them, they are put down.
Some of our rescues have been dramatic and heart touching. We once discovered a kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. at the bottom of a storm drain that was covered by a grate. The kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. had been there for some days and had survived because its mother had been caring for it. She would bring birds and lizards to the kittenA young cat under 1 year of age., entering the shaft by way of a side drain and jumping down into the eight-foot hole where she would care for her distressed kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. and then leaping back out to go in search of the next meal. Once we discovered the plight of the little animal, we managed to get him out by baiting a trap with a piece of KFC and then hauling him up. We discovered that the wretched creature was not only in an emaciated state but had been infected by a foxtail that had been working its way into the kittenA young cat under 1 year of age.’s eye. We took him to a veterinarian who removed the foxtail. Then we had the kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. fed, fixed, and adopted into a nice home in Lafayette.
In most cases, after responding to a call for help, our assistance is not acknowledged very strongly. However, a woman called me recently. I couldn’t remember who she was and asked her, “Have I helped you?”
“You helped me nine years ago,” she said. “A mama and her nine babies.”
“What can I do for you?” I asked
“I called to read you a psalm.”
She read it and I thanked her.
Most people only call to ask for help; she just wanted to reach out. Perhaps in the final analysis that is what we are all doing — we’re reaching out and trying to make some change in the world. I was glad for the woman’s effort in reaching out to me. I am convinced that on some level my rescued cats are often grateful that I reached out in love to them. It doesn’t matter, however, I offer them my services for no other reason than for my love of cats.
Written by Gemma Osendorf-Boyd, President, CC4C
Photos by Tom Minczeski
Featured in 86° – Magazine / www.86mag.com - Issue: September-October 2012
Click here to see the full version. of..Desperate Housecats.
This headline calls to mind the weekly TV series, set on a quiet, residential street called Wisteria Lane. Like the characters in this series, the homeless cats on Contra Costa’s residential lanes (as well as urban streets and alleys) live desperate lives.
The most poignant are the DESPERATE HOUSECATS-– the ones who have been lost, left behind or purposefully abandoned by the people they depended upon. They remember love and care. They still hope to find it among people they can trust. But as each hungry day is followed by another cold night, and as they dodge cars, dogs, hostile cats and unfeeling or cruel strangers, they lose hope. Fear builds, and they hide or run from those trying to help them. Without the skills to survive on their own, these housecats don’t last long. When rescued, it may take a while for them to relax again, but then they are so very grateful for the love they’re given!
EPISODE 1: “Amy” & “Annabelle”
Crisis: These gentle tortoiseshell sisters were part of a multi-generational family neglected in a backyard. Fed a little but not fixed, the population had grown to 16 when CC4C was called in. All were thin and competing for the one mound of dry food poured on the patio each day.
Resolution: Despite their minimal contact with people, Amy and Annabelle welcomed the tender care and shelter of a foster home. Their formerly meager diet gave them a tendency to overeat, and now they are big armfuls of love. A recent disruption in their foster situation has made them shy, but a stable, loving home will soon help their tortie faces smile again.
The deep satisfaction that comes with rescuing homeless, abandoned, and at-risk cats comes when you finally find the perfect match for their adoption. It happened to me this weekend.
Two months ago I received a desperate phone call from one of my fosters. She told me the family across the street from where she worked had two litters of pit bull puppies (15 puppies in all) along with a mother cat who had a litter of kittens, and eight of the kittens had just been killed by the pit bulls. The last remaining kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. was weak, thin and vulnerable due to the dogs and the mama cat was showing signs of extreme stress having just lost her kittens. Thankfully, she was able to convince the owners to give the mama cat and kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. to her, since they were clearly overwhelmed with the dogs and had been very negligent with the cats—and proceeded to bring them to my house to begin their needed medical treatment and recoveryRecovery from spaying and neutering is providing your cat a safe, warm, healthy environment in which to recover from their surgery. Depending on the procedure performed, medication to control pain may be sent home with your cat. To provide a comfortable recovery – give the cat a quiet place indoors and away from other animals. Try to prevent your cat from running or jumping for the first few days following surgery. Prevent your cat from licking the incision site, which may cause infection. Consider using shredded paper instead of cat litter, since dust from the litter can also cause infection. Check the incision site daily to confirm proper healing..
That night when they arrived, the 4-week-old kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. was severely dehydrated, vomiting, and flea infested. Not able to stop her vomiting and knowing she was losing fluids quickly, I raced both mama and kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. to the Sage Emergency Care Center in Concord, located very close to my house. In my early years of fostering kittens, I knew how incredibly vulnerable they were, and how their health can take a turn for the worse rapidly. In emergency, the kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. was quickly examined, received subcutaneous fluids, a Parvo Snap test and a PCV/TS blood test for anemiaIs a condition where the body lacks hemoglobin (in its blood). It is a serious condition that could be life threatening or it may be an indication of a serious underlying medical condition. and red blood cell counts, plus was given an injection of Anzemet to stop the vomiting and relieve the nausea. The kittenA young cat under 1 year of age.’s red blood cell count was an alarming 40 percent of normal, plus she was badly anemic from a flea infestation. Mama cat was given the FIVFeline Immunodeficiency Virus, FIV, is commonly known as Feline AIDS and is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide. FeLV and FIV are in the same biological family, and are sometimes mistaken for one another. However, the viruses differ in many ways. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused also differs./FeLVFeline Leukemia Virus, FeLV, is a retrovirus transmitted between infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved, for example when sharing a feeding dish. The infection is responsible for more deaths among cats than any other infectious disease. There are three main types of the virus and FeLV-positive cats can be infected with one, two, or all three types including: FeLV-A causes severe immunosuppression or a weakened immune system. FeLV-B causes neoplastic disease (tumors and other abnormal tissue trowths). FeLV-C is the most rare and causes severe anemia. The virus replicates in the body once infected, then spreads via the bloodstream to other parts of the body, namely the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and intestinal tissues. Combo Test to screen for feline immunodeficiency virus (FIVFeline Immunodeficiency Virus, FIV, is commonly known as Feline AIDS and is a lentivirus that affects domesticated housecats worldwide. FeLV and FIV are in the same biological family, and are sometimes mistaken for one another. However, the viruses differ in many ways. Although many of the diseases caused by FeLV and FIV are similar, the specific ways in which they are caused also differs.) and feline leukemiasee FeLVFeline Leukemia Virus, FeLV, is a retrovirus transmitted between infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved, for example when sharing a feeding dish. The infection is responsible for more deaths among cats than any other infectious disease. There are three main types of the virus and FeLV-positive cats can be infected with one, two, or all three types including: FeLV-A causes severe immunosuppression or a weakened immune system. FeLV-B causes neoplastic disease (tumors and other abnormal tissue trowths). FeLV-C is the most rare and causes severe anemia. The virus replicates in the body once infected, then spreads via the bloodstream to other parts of the body, namely the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and intestinal tissues. – Feline Leukemia Virus virus (FeLVFeline Leukemia Virus, FeLV, is a retrovirus transmitted between infected cats when the transfer of saliva or nasal secretions is involved, for example when sharing a feeding dish. The infection is responsible for more deaths among cats than any other infectious disease. There are three main types of the virus and FeLV-positive cats can be infected with one, two, or all three types including: FeLV-A causes severe immunosuppression or a weakened immune system. FeLV-B causes neoplastic disease (tumors and other abnormal tissue trowths). FeLV-C is the most rare and causes severe anemia. The virus replicates in the body once infected, then spreads via the bloodstream to other parts of the body, namely the lymph nodes, bone marrow, and intestinal tissues.)—fortunately the results were negative, which was a great relief. So nine hours later, both kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. and mama were signed out and came home with me, again, where they were to begin their rehabilitation in my upstairs bathroom.
The next week I maintained a laser focus on addressing kittenA young cat under 1 year of age.’s lost red blood cell count with intensive 2-hour syringe feeding of KMRMilk replacement or supplement for kittens, newborn to six weeks of age. This colostrum milk gives extra nutrition and temporary immunity against some diseases. It can also be given to pregnant and lactating cats. Before feeding to kittens, warm KMR to room or body temperature.; daily subcutaneous fluids for hydration; syringing Immune Plus three times daily to stimulate the immune system; syringing an herbal powder mixed with water for nausea and stomach distress; and deworming and defleaing. Within four days, kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. went from lifelessness and listlessness to the pure joy of running, jumping, playing and leaping onto her mama’s back. Once kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. turned this corner, she immediately began eating wet food and returned to nursing, and promptly started gaining weight—a good sign! It was a miracle to watch this transformation and a pleasure to witness kittenA young cat under 1 year of age.’s amazing healing and recoveryRecovery from spaying and neutering is providing your cat a safe, warm, healthy environment in which to recover from their surgery. Depending on the procedure performed, medication to control pain may be sent home with your cat. To provide a comfortable recovery – give the cat a quiet place indoors and away from other animals. Try to prevent your cat from running or jumping for the first few days following surgery. Prevent your cat from licking the incision site, which may cause infection. Consider using shredded paper instead of cat litter, since dust from the litter can also cause infection. Check the incision site daily to confirm proper healing..
Through the week, I observed mama cat’s right eye was constantly draining and causing her discomfort. Taking her to the vet, she was given a corneal eye stain to check for corneal abrasions and damage, and was given a blood chemistry panel and a PCR Upper Respiratory Test to check for BordetellaA bacterial disease affecting the upper respiratory system in cats. It is more commonly found in dogs (e.g., kennel cough) than cats, and it can spread quickly in catteries., Chlamydia, Calicivirus, Herpes 1,influenza and Mycoplasma—all that could cause her eye problems. So for the next two weeks, I gave her daily prescriptions for Terramycin and an anti-inflammatory eye drop, which was repeated for another two weeks by her 2nd foster. When mama’s eyes were finally clear, and her tearing stopped we took them to their first adoption weekend—two long months after beginning their care and rehabilitation. Last week, I took mama cat to be spayed, and under anesthesia, her right eye tear duct was examined, but the vet discovered they were unable to clear it due to extensive scar tissue from chronic upper-respiratory illness when she was younger. Undoubtedly due to not being given the proper FVRCPA vaccine shot that protects against FVRFeline Viral Rhinotracheitis, FVR, is a severe upper respiratory infection of cats caused by feline herpes virus Type 1 (FHV-1), of the family Herpesviridae. It is most severe in kittens and older cats, and is one of the most serious upper respiratory diseases seen in cats and kittens. It is also known as feline influenza. FVR is airborne and highly contagious. Cats with this infection are lethargic, and exhibit signs of respiratory suffering with sneezing and coughing. There is usually a discharge from the nostrils and eyes, and a high temperature. Some cats develop pneumonia and sometimes ulcerations in the eyes. Infected cats don’t want to eat or drink because their nostrils are plugged and throat is sore. Dehydration and weight loss are common. Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FHV-1), FCV Feline Calicivirus and FPVFeline Panleukopenia, FPV, is more commonly known as feline distemper is caused by the feline parvovirus, a close relative of canine parvovirus. It is not related to canine distemper. Panleukopenia is primarily spread through contact with an infected cat’s bodily fluids, feces, or fleas. Feline Panleukopenia. vaccine protocol and being outside.
Mama cat, now named Sabrina—and kittenA young cat under 1 year of age. now named Simone—were adopted yesterday at adoptions by a wonderful, loving couple that had lost their two cats last year due to old age. They patiently waited a year before adopting another pair, and fell in love with mama and kittenA young cat under 1 year of age., who are inseparable and deeply bonded.
On Wednesday, I will drive Sabrina and Simone to their new home in Alameda, and say my last good-byes to them. I’m sure I will cry as I walk away as they have touched me with their special beautiful souls and loving spirits, but I will be incredibly happy for them as they begin their new life and adventure filled with people who will love them, care for them, and provide for them with a safe, healthy, happy home. I could not ask for more for the two of them, and they deserve this.
All cats and dogs deserve a safe, loving, caring, healthy home that will be committed to them for their entire lives till their natural death. So when we find a good adoption match for the cats in our temporary care, we feel a sense of relief but we also feel deep honor to have met these special cats that enter our lives and a profound gratitude in knowing them.
Bless you Sabrina and Simone, and here’s to many wonderful years ahead in your new home!