Jan is a young, beautiful cat that is full of love and affection. She has been through a lot with her litter of kittens. She and her babies were up for euthanasia at a high-kill shelter before being rescued at the last second by a caring TCR volunteer. She has been a wonderful mom to all her kittens and all of them have been adopted, except for sweet Andy. Jan fought and nurtured her babies all the way through weeks of herself being ill with an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). As Jan was much stronger her recovery was a lot quicker, little Andy on the other hand was sick as well and did not have an easy go at recovery.
Little Andy was the sickest in the little family. Her infection became so extreme that the vet said there was a 90% chance that she would lose her eyes. Being the little fighter that she is, she happily won the battle and is now a very healthy girl! Thanks to a fantastic vet, a loving foster home and Andy’s courageous spirit they managed to save her eyes with her having sight in both of them. She may not look the same as most kittens, but it doesn’t (and shouldn’t matter) as she is the most loving, affectionate kitten anyone could ask for!
Jan (DOB March 1, 2009) and Andy (DOB October 11, 2010) deserve a chance to be loved and cared for like all cats should be, they deserve only the best forever families! They have both been around other cats as well as dogs and adjust very well. If you would love to meet and adopt these sweet, sweet cats, please email TCR Adoptions: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416-538-8592 and press 1 to leave a message.
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!
Part 3 of a 3 Part Series on Feline Viruses
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
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