Toronto Cat Rescue

A Good Update: Barn Placement Found For Five Feral Cats

Many of you are probably wondering about the fate of the Feral Cats that were in need of relocation from a sensitive wildlife habitat in Toronto. We are very pleased to announce that a lovely barn with experience in accepting relocated cats stepped forward to give a home to all five cats! Located about 45 minutes north of Toronto, these cats will be sharing their home with other spayed/neutered cats, sheep, chickens, a rescued horse, rescued ponies, and wild mustangs (horses). So far two of the cats, “Jerry” and “Georgette” have been trapped, spayed/neutered and moved into the “cat room” in the barn, where they will stay for three weeks to adjust before being allowed to have run of the property. Their cat room abode comes complete with custom-built kitty hide-away condos and their new friend, “Frankie” (eating their food in the picture!) – luxury compared to the trailer they previously called home! Plans are in place to trap the remaining cats and move them in as soon as possible.

Thank you to everyone who helped find these cats their new home, and to those donors that made this project possible! $1,595 has been raised thus far to be put towards the “Grey Cat Relocation Project”.   Thank you, thank you!


Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)

Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on Feline Viruses

Snaps, a long-term TCR foster.

Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP) is a complex viral disease that is caused by exposure to certain strains of the coronovirus.  Coronavirus is extremely common in cats, and most owners are not even aware their cat has been exposed.  Normally there are little to no symptoms during the infection and the body is able to fight it off.  In a small percentage of cases, the coronavirus mutates, and FIP occurs weeks, months or even years later.

The symptoms of FIP are nonspecific and can develop suddenly.  Cats will usually display loss of appetite, weight loss, depression, fever, rough coat and sometimes a swollen abdomen as the body begins to fill with fluid.  These symptoms do not respond to antibiotics and increase in severity over the course of several days to weeks.  FIP is a fatal disease and other than supportive therapy, there is no treatment for it.

At this time there is no definitive test for FIP.  There are tests that can help vets by detecting the presence of coronavirus antibodies in a cat, but given that up to 90% of cats have had exposure to this virus, a positive result is not unusual.  The only way FIP can be
accurately tested is through a post mortem examination of tissue.

It is important to remember that FIP in itself is not contagious and exposure to a cat with FIP does not mean that your cat will develop this disease.  The best ways to prevent this disease is by keeping your cats indoors, feeding a high quality diet and providing regular
veterinary care.

Additional FIP resources:

Medical Overview: Cornell Feline Health Center

Sarsenstone Cattery: A Word About FIP

FIP – Is your cat at Risk?: Winn Feline Foundation

Heatlh Communities: Risk Factors, Causes of FIP

Welcome Little Ones – You Are Now Safe!

With kitten season in its early stages, we’d like to welcome TCR’s first two litters of 2011 into the program!

Mystery gave birth on February 20, 2011 to four very sweet kittens. She was rescued from a high volume shelter and adjusted into her foster home just in time to give birth. Mystery has blossomed into quite the attentive little momma! The kittens are growing in leaps and bounds. They will be ready for adoption in approximately five weeks.

Our second litter was born on March 4, 2011. Found near York University, this momma (yet to be named) gave birth the day before she was brought into the program. TCR received a call about this litter and we were lucky enough to have a foster home who was willing to take her! These kittens will be adoptable in approximately seven weeks.

Bottle Feeders Needed: Many kittens that come into the TCR program are not quite as lucky as these newborns because they do not have a mom for one reason or another. Because of this, volunteer bottle feeders are essential to have on hand. TCR needs bottle feeders desperately as kitten season comes into full swing.

We need foster parents who are ready to take on newborn kittens and to hand feed them in their home until they are eating on their own (at six to eight weeks of age). Initially, feedings are necessary every couple of hours when kittens are newborns. Training and support will be provided to those with little or no experience, so new volunteers are very much welcome!  This is a very important and rewarding role in our organization. If you are interested, please fill out a Foster Home application and specify bottle feeding as an area of interest.  It is amazing to watch the kittens grow and then be adopted into their forever homes!

Here is a link that gives a good overview on Bottle Feeding Kittens from About.com.