It has been a difficult few months for CATS rescue. We have been hit with several cases of Feline panleukopenia, also refered to as panleuk. Panleuk is a highly contagious viral disease of cats caused by the feline parvovirus. Kittens are most severely affected by the virus Because the FP virus is everywhere in the environment, virtually all kittens and cats are exposed to the virus at some point in their lives. While cats of any age may be infected with the feline parvovirus that causes FP, young kittens, sick cats, and unvaccinated cats are most susceptible.
We have had 3 rescued families this year affected by Panleuk. The most recent family, a mom and her four kittens, were pulled from a high-kill shelter in San Bernadino at the end of May. A short time after arriving in San Diego the first kitten was diagnosed with Panleuk. We unfortunatly lost two of the kittens. However, the mom and the remaining two kittens fought to survive in the hospital for weeks. Three weeks and some massive medical bills to the tune of $8,800 later, we are happy to report that they have survived! Not only have they survived but they were adopted into wonderful loving homes, the two kittens by their foster family and mom by another family. All are thriving.
CATS rescue prides themselves on never turning away a cat in need of help. Many rescues would never have taken on cases such as these as the expenses are too great. We put everything we possibly can into each cat or kitten we rescue and often times we are rewarded with little miracles which makes it all worthwhile.
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