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How do cats with Feline Panleukopenia get into cat rescue facilities? — 11 Comments

  1. A shelter is also not going to tell you when an outbreak is determined a day after you rescue. If a rescue pulls from multiple sources then the virus is inside that persons car and can remain there for a very long time. Shelters risk lives and they don’t care. They just want the cat out the door.

    • Susan, would you call for an improvement in the shelter system? Is it so hard to set up systems which prevent all contagious diseases entering a shelter?

      Perhaps they don’t want to avoid these risks. It is a good excuse to euthanize cats and get rid of them (I am being cynical in writing that) which eases the oversupply of cats problem.

      • Dee, the shelter here has one very small room for cats. It sometimes holds 50 at a time. Overflows are stuck in an alcove off a driveway. There is no isolation at intake. There is very little sanitation; new cats are regularly put into cages with other cats; litter boxes, food and water dishes are not disinfected. Cats almost always come out of the shelter with URIs or worse. Kittens frequently die. Some rescues will no longer pull from this shelter because of the cost of treating the cats. The cat room is between the row of dog kennels — dogs bark incessantly — and a driveway where new arrivals are delivered and where euthanasia is conducted. The doors to the cat room have to remain open because sewer fumes back up into that room making it uninhabitable. Last winter there was no heat in the cat room. Shelter management resents and resists criticism and change. The County, which manages the shelter, does not fund it sufficiently and the citizenry does not give a damn for the most part. And in this rural, farming- and hunting-culture, cats traditionally are viewed as vermin at worst and rodent control at best. So absolutely I call for improvement in the shelter system, at the same time as I call for boundless riches and restoration of my youth. Sigh.

  2. In the county kill shelters that I am familiar with no testing of any kind is performed on cats entering, remaining, or leaving the shelter.

    • As with parvo virus , in dogs, there is no reliable test unless they are shedding the virus. With Pan leuk , even in house tests are not 100% during the shedding. The most common in house test , is the use of a snap parvo test.
      Vaccination on intake , surrender by appointment , and QT areas would be the most effective ways of preventing this. As to mass killing, thereare alternatives. Adult cats are at minimal risk. Research , by Maddie’s fund , has shown even ONE vax offers protection.
      Killing apparently healthy cats and kittens is NOT going to solve the problem. Attention to cleaning protocols and QT will save lives. Too many shelters , and staff, have become accepting of killing more to save more. Doesn’t make much sense , to me.

      • Thanks Tami for you excellent info. Surely more needs to be done to avoid introducing such a dangerous virus into a facility with many cats as undermines the raison d’etre of the process of cat rescue.

    • Well, I find that shocking because it undermines the whole ethos and purpose of the cat rescue concept. It is a high risk game to not do tests and have quarantine. Perhaps there isn’t the money in the system to do it.

      The reason why checks aren’t made is because the cat is not valued enough. They probably think we are rescuing cats (so called) and you’ll take it as it comes (flaws and all) or leave it.

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