Step by Step: Recovering a Feral Cat

For people with feral colonies in their communities, trying to get a handle on the problem when resources are so stretched in our city can be truly overwhelming. With anywhere from 100,000-300,000 feral cats in Toronto, rescue groups such as Toronto Cat Rescue are at capacity not only in our adoption program, but in all other areas of our work. Our trappers, drivers, and recovery homes are working on countless feral colony projects and we rarely can take on more, however we want to work with communities to empower individuals to learn… Read More

Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLeuk)

Part 2 of a 3 Part Series on Feline Viruses Feline Leukemia Virus infection was, until recently, the most common fatal disease of cats. Fewer cases of the disease are seen as there are now vaccines available. Like FIV, FeLeuk affects the feline immune system, which makes the cat more susceptible to disease. The virus is only transmitted between cats via bodily fluids. Transmission is primarily through intimate moist contact, such as biting/fighting or mutual grooming; transmission may be possible via sneezing, hissing, sharing food/water bowls, and sharing litter boxes. Veterinary tests… Read More

Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)

Part 1 of a 3 Part Series on Feline Viruses Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) infects all types of cats from the larger cats (e.g leopards, cougars, lions) to domestic house cats. Most at risk for infection are male non-neutered, outdoor cats that often get into severe fights with other cats. FIV affects the feline immune system, which makes the cat more susceptible to disease. The virus is only contagious to other cats, and is transmitted through saliva and blood (i.e. through deep bite wounds and very rough fighting). More casual contact such… Read More

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