Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard
Snow Leopard cub (7 mos old) - Cape May County Zoo

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Excuse me if I"m a little tipsy..a bit sugared out from my wonderful experience as a judge in the Pocono Cupcake Wars. Oh the things one must endure. But hey, it was a dream come true.

I'll throw in a nice happy, non sick or disgusting pet photo from today!

Yesterday, Sue correctly guessed it was Feline Leukemia and FIV (or "kitty AIDS") Snap test that shows a Leukemia positive.

The top blue dot (think 12 o'clock) should always be present. It's the control dot and means the test ran correctly. There should be no other dots. One at 3 o'clock is FELV, one at 9 o'clock is FIV. And yes, you can have both.

This test takes just 10 mins and 0.1 mls (a VERY small amount) of blood to run in your veterinarian's office. It's recommended for any NEW cat - kitten or adult and for sick cats, even ones that were previously tested. 

This cat was not well and was a feral cat in for a neuter and release type situation. Shelters are already FULL to overflowing and there are few homes or places that will take in a FELV + cat. This disease is spread by casual contact between cats. There is an effective vaccine against it. However, many people have multiple cats and may not want to vaccinate their whole "herd" to take a positive cat in (unless they have cats that go out too - in which case they REALLY should be vaccinated anyhow.)  In addition, feral or unfriendly cats, are not the easiest to adopt. There are already (very sadly) a ton of sweet healthy kittens and cats that need homes.

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