When you look at it, it is a rather distressing video. I don’t like to see it but it has to be done because the young cat that you see in the video is one of 85 cats who have been treated in this way because they suffer from a generalised ringworm infection having been rescued from Steel City Alley Cat Coalition (SCACC). You may have heard about this rescue as it’s been online quite a lot (read about it on this website by clicking this).
Update on the cats rescued from Steel City Alley Cat Coalition. Huge, HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated in support of our efforts to treat these cats! We raised almost $7,000 through Facebook, which will help us greatly in continuing to get the supplies we need to get these kitties healthy!On Monday, our veterinary and animal care teams spent 12 hours taking all the cats out of our disaster rooms, completely cleaning and sterilizing the rooms, and then putting the cats back sorted by severity of ringworm infection so we can help manage the worst cases. We also started ringworm cultures on every cat so we can track the infections.Today, we officially started the extensive treatment these cats will need to hopefully cure their ringworm. Our staff’s goal for the day was to lime sulfur dip 85 cats, and they hit that goal! Dr. Emily, our veterinary intern, kindly gave us a demonstration on what it takes to lime dip a cat with the help of our sweet kitten friends. As you can see, it’s not too pleasant for our veterinary staff or the cats! Usually, it takes a team of three people, one person to restrain the cat, one person to spray the dip, and one to clean the kennel so the cat can go back in immediately. We let the cats air dry so the dip can fully penetrate their fur to their skin and soak in, killing all the ringworm spores present in their fur. We also began administering the oral antifungal medication today to help them get over their infections faster. You can see Dr. Emily dipping the cats and cleaning their kennel, as well as some of their friends who were dipped earlier in the day! (Note: lime sulfur dipping is also a very messy process! These kitties look very bedraggled, and their kennels look very dirty because they shake the dip onto the walls and floors of their kennels immediately after getting back in them. We are trying to keep our kitty friends as clean and stress free as possible during this stressful treatment process!) Four cats, including Delilah, have been humanely euthanized for severe medical issues including chronic pneumonia, stomatitis, panleukopenia, anorexia and dehydration because of poor nutrition, and more. Two more died just as we were about to humanely euthanize due to their condition. We are still caring for 129 of the original 135. The owner of Steel City Alley Cat Coalition was present for a probable cause hearing with the court system today. The judge ruled there was probable cause to impound the cats for their safety and that the cost of care issued is reasonable. We will continue to update you as this case goes through the courts. Since these SCACC cats continue to take up so much of our time and resources, we are so, SO thankful for our friends at @Dumb Friends League, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic, and more, who have taken 77 of our available shelter cats for adoption so we have more time and attention to give our special rescued felines! We are also thankful for YOU! Our community adopted out 214 cats during our ten-day Catoberfest sale, which also freed up more resources for these SCACC cats in need of our help. We’ll keep you updated! For more information on the SCACC rescue, please visit: www.facebook.com/humanesocietypikespeakregion/posts/10157582439953454
Posted by Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region on Wednesday, 18 September 2019
The owner of Steel City Alley Cat Coalition may be prosecuted, as far as I am aware, in the criminal courts because too many of the cats rescued from the organisation were ill. Four of them have been euthanised and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) are still caring for 129 of the original 135 cats rescued.
HSPPR raised $7,000 through Facebook. The expenses of this operation are high at, I believe, around $200 per cat.
After the cats have been lime sulphur dipped (it is better described as being sprayed rather than dipped as you can see in the video) the fluid on the cats is allowed to dry naturally to ensure that the treatment fully penetrates the fur and attaches to the skin where the ringworm spores are present.
Apparently, “dips” like this need to continue for two weeks beyond the apparent cure to ensure that a genuine cure has taken place. The process is carried out twice a week according to my reference book.
In addition an oral antifungal medication is administered to the cats. In the video you see Dr Emily spraying acute cat. The cat is pleasantly very passive. I am very impressed by this cat. Normally, I’m told that a team of three people is required to carry out this process: one person to hold the cat, one person to spray the treatment on the cat and a third to clean the kennel so that the cat can go back into it immediately. As they say, it’s a very messy process. Their kennels become very dirty because the cats shake the fluid onto the walls and floors. The whole process is quite stressful both for cat and human.
When you think that it has to be done 85 times, you can only be impressed with the Humane Society’s staff in their patience and dedication. Because ringworm is so contagious and zoonotic (transmission between animal and human) the rescue organisation has to stick to strict protocols to avoid spreading the infection within the building and to avoid it infecting staff.