Adorable synchronised walk from cats with ataxia

Pablo and Bones suffer from ataxia due to cerebellar hypoplasia

These cats are adorable and they are best mates and great cat companions. They both have to deal with the challenge of ataxia – poor coordination due to cerebellar hypoplasia. The condition is stable and does not deteriorate. It is a congenital condition. The brain’s cerebellum – the coordination centre of the brain – …

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Volunteer choked up about euthanizing all the cats at animal shelter

Sullivan County Animal Shelter cats now dead

All the cats (up to 60) have been euthanised at the Sullivan County Animal Shelter because a kitten adopted from the shelter was diagnosed with feline panleukopenia (feline distemper or parvo). The other cats were evaluated and the decision to kill them all was made. However, one volunteer referred to ‘Kitty’, a cat recently …

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Harnett County Animal Shelter improving policy after 59 cats were euthanized in June due to panleuk exposure

The Harnett County Animal Shelter in North Carolina is improving policy and procedures after 59 cats were euthanized in June due to panleukopenia (AKA panleuk) exposure. PoC covered the tragic story here and here. Harnett County Interim Assistant County Manager Brian Haney stated in an interview with WNCN News that a consultant veterinarian has been hired …

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Animal advocates demand fresh management at Hartnett County Animal Shelter

More than 40 concerned animal advocates attended a Hartnett County Board of Commissioners meeting last Monday to express their concerns about the poor management at Hartnett County Animal Shelter which led to the unnecessary euthanasia (killing) of 59 cats following an outbreak of feline panleukopenia (aka feline parvovirus) which could have been avoided with …

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Vaccination in Cat Shelters Is Absolutely Essential

A recent article by Elisa Black-Taylor about an outbreak of feline panleukopenia (aka feline parvovirus, feline distemper) at the Hartnett County Animal Shelter got me thinking. The outbreak resulted in the euthanasia of all the cats in the shelter in order to prevent the spread of the infection (55 approx.). The virus which causes …

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Feline panleukopenia puts hundreds of cats from Central California SPCA at risk including at PetSmart

Hundreds of kittens and cats that have passed through the Central California SPCA (some to PetSmart) are at risk of contracting deadly panleukopenia. Central California SPCA have an outbreak of panleuk (Feline panleukopenia or feline distemper) and they have 30,000 cats passing through their facility annually. They use PetSmart as an outlet for adoptions …

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Animal Adoption Centre and Animal Shelter Screw Up Resulting in the Death of 12 Cats

An animal adoption centre failed on this occasion to vaccinate the cats at their centre. They imported, from a rural shelter, cats that they were told were healthy. They took them in good faith on the basis that there were no signs of disease. You can guess what happened. The 38 cats that they …

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Cat Rescuer Involuntarily Committed to a Mental Health Treatment Facility

In Volusia County, Florida, a cat rescuer by the name of Carmen Martinez was recently “baker acted”. This is jargon for being taken to a mental health facility by the authorities because she protested the seizure of her 132 cats which had been confiscated inside her Deltona home. Every single one of her cats …

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