Feral cats are just as healthy as owned cats!
Most feral cats enjoy excellent health and our new more likely to be infected with disease then house cats. In fact, house cats and feral cats contract FeLV and FIV at an equal low rate of about 4%.
FeLV and FIV are not the number one killer of cats!
Kitten mortality and treatable diseases are also serious health threats. But animal control agencies and shelters nationwide are killing healthy cats – owned, stray & feral – at alarming rates.
Spaying and neutering prevent the spread of viruses in all cats!
Spaying and neutering a feral cat colony creates a healthy, stabilized population. And, because neutering reduces or illuminates the primary mode of virus transmission, fighting and breeding, cats already infected post little risk to other cats, indoors and out.
Cats that test positive can often live healthy, Ssymptom free lives
Veterinarians frequently suggest euthanizing FIV positive cats, but to many of these cats can live symptom-free for years. FeLV positive cats may remain in apparent good health for many months, although most succumb to the disease. Also. FIV & FeLV tests can be unreliable. Cats testing positive should be retested!
What are FeLV & FIV?
FeLV and FIV are incurable viruses that only affect cats. Humans cannot catch or transmit them.
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV)
FeLV is a cancer causing virus that is transmitted from cat the cat through fighting or meeting. FeLV cannot survive for long outside of a cats body and is easily destroyed with the most disinfectants and detergents.
Feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV)
FIV suppresses a cats immune system. It is spread through deep bite wounds. Because sterilized cats fight much less than intact cats, neutered FIV positive cats generally live safely with uninfected cats both in and outdoors. But, while the risk of transmitting the virus to another cat is very low, it is not nonexistent.
The American Association of feline practitioners recommends against routine euthanasia of healthy FeLV and FIV positive cats!