This weeks visit to the animal shelter included spending time with some felines that had been rescued from a hoarding situation. Thankfully the majority of the cats had been in relatively decent shape, although some had tested positive for the Feline Leukemia Virus, or FeLV for short. In a hoarding situation the virus had ample opportunity to spread.
“Feline leukemia virus adversely affects the cat’s body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, it may cause various blood disorders, and it may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders the cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections…secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FeLV.” – Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine
Handsome Bronx, the eyes have it ID# 683297
Marvin the strong silent type ID# 683299
While some of the cats in the group tested positive for the virus, Bronx, Marvin and Starbuck all tested negative the first time around and will be tested again in a few weeks to ensure they are virus free. If it turns out they do have FeLV, they still have a chance at a good life and can live for years. The new family will have to educate themselves on the condition and do things like ensuring the cats “have a stress free environment away from other ill pets, are kept indoors to avoid exposing other cats to FeLV and receive appropriate veterinary care.” – Pet Education.com
Starbuck and his adorable pink nose! #ID 683312
Bronx, Marvin and Starbuck will make great companions and be content living out their lives in a loving home. If you live in Toronto and are interested in adopting one of these special cats, you can visit them at Toronto Animal Services South Region located on the CNE grounds. 🐱