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CatBeach Sep 10th 2020 at 12:27PM Maddie’s Fund does amazing work funding research and bringing together animal carers from around the world – especially good materials for dog and cat carer. Great Tips for Cat Care from Cat Town on this link: https://www.maddiesfund.org/assets/documents/Institute/Cat%20Town%20-%20Adoption%20handouts.pdf
Includes Handouts (1-2 pages) Bringing Your New Cat Home, Correcting Your Cat’s Behavior, Scratching and Declawing, etc.
Epidemic Parvo virus in Penang is taking beautiful cats. Cat Beach is trying to work with vets to get new treatment methods in place including anti-FPV plasma injections. Most important is to get pet owners to vaccinate their cats and to help get the stray community cats vaccinated as well. We can change this situation! But it will take work and time.
WHAT’S IT GOING TO TAKE?
Developing a kitten nursery requires:5
- Setting up the Nursery
- Creating an Extensive Foster Care Program
- Controlling the Spread of Infectious Disease
- Caring for Kittens from Birth to Eight Weeks
- Medical Care and Protocol Development
- Training Staff and Volunteers
- Supersizing the Adoption Program
UC Davis Shelter Med guidebook quoted on 6/16/2020
SETTING UP A KITTEN NURSERY Almost every day but especially during Kitten Seasons, Cat Beach is asked to take in pregnant or nursing momcats and kittens, including many orphans. We hope that a mom who already has kittens will take them on. It was wonderful when the Kitten Lady from the United States visited Cat Beach and filmed in our upstairs nursery. See her YouTube video about Cat Beach at Kitten Lady at Cat Beach Malaysia
Now we are looking at other spaces including a nice neighbor’s apartment and foster carers homes for additional Kitten Nurseries. What will they need? UC Davis’s Koret Shelter Medicine program offers great advice in their guidebook at Shelter Medicine Kitten Nursery. Also very useful is the Kitten Coalition’s manual at Kitten Coalition Manual. There’s quite a list of supplies needed to properly equip a nursery!
A LITTLE ABOUT CAT VIRUSES Vaccination is the only known preventative for cat (and human) viruses. Unfortunately, there have been no cat antivirals developed yet. Feline corona, herpes, and calici are the Big 3 — all often lumped together or diagnosed as parvo virus or panleukopenia or feline distemper. No direct cure for parvo is known except to support immune system to fight it — and antibiotics/antibacterials to combat secondary infections from bacteria. Cats too often die from diarrhea or dehydration as first cause which happens because they have a virus and weakened immune system. So supportive care with subcutaneous fluids or IV and diarrhea meds and diet are first line of defense.
The only real cure that I’ve read about is not done in Malaysia. Blood is taken from an adult vaccinated healthy cat, spun into plasma in a centrifuge, and then injected into a sick kitten. This gives the kitten the antibodies it needs to fight viruses.
QUOTE: In the past, feline panleukopenia (FP) was a leading cause of death in cats. Today, it is an uncommon disease, due in large part to the availability and use of very effective vaccines. The disease is also called feline distemper or feline parvo.
What is feline panleukopenia?
Feline panleukopenia (FP) is a highly contagious viral disease of cats caused by the feline parvovirus. Kittens are most severely affected by the virus. The names feline distemper and feline parvo should not be confused with canine distemper or canine parvo— although their names are similar, they are caused by different viruses. The viruses do not infect people.
The feline parvovirus infects and kills cells that are rapidly growing and dividing, such as those in the bone marrow, intestines, and the developing fetus.
Which cats are susceptible to FP?
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.
Quoted on 6/15/2020 from https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/pet-owners/petcare/feline-panleukopenia
14 June 2020 – VAX DAY! 8 cats to Windsor Animal Hospital for vaccinations. Bolen, Baby Whee, Kasih and Simpul will go back next month for their booster. Cinta, Zoro, Yang, and Zeba are now good for the next year! Very adoptable adorable cats. Posted and updated their profiles on the Hospitium database — see https://tinyurl.com/CatBeach
June 2020 – WHAT ARE WE WORKING ON NOW? Organizing weekly vaccinations. Posting cats to PetFinder.my (could use volunteer help!). Uploading photos and cataloging cats on Hospitium.co. Registering Operation SnipSnip surgeries. Entering all 2019 Financials into spreadsheets. PAW-RENTS Patreon.com/CatBeach sponsorships. Organizing the 2020-21 Board Committee. Answering inquiries for adoption, foster caring, rescue (average 3 per day), visits. Finding supplies — newspapers and chicken as top priorities. Cleaning up after cats. Cleaning cats. Feeding cats. And the list goes on! There’s always more to do to help cats. Next newsletter coming soon. Here’s a link to the most current: Cat Beach News
6 June 2020 – EYE INFECTIONS
“My friend found a stray kitten with bad eyes. What to do?” Almost every day, Cat Beach hears about cats in trouble. It’s heartbreaking to think that “stray” cats — or a better term, “Free-roaming Community Cats” — suffer curable illnesses. If you should find a cat with bad eyes or any injury or illness, first thought should be to get it to a vet. BUT –What if you are in Lockdown and all vets are closed or on shortened hours? What if is it is late at night and there are no vets open? What if the nearest vet clinic is miles away and your car has broken down? What if you cannot afford vet bills? What if you only have a little time before needing to go to work or travel? What if you cannot take the cat inside or to a vet but you have a little time to help? There are so many reasons why a cat does not get professional veterinary care. But that does not have to mean that we cat lovers cannot help it!
The following is based on what I wrote to the person who posted this picture – unfortunately, no further information was provided. To rescue a cat, please provide: LOCATION, STORY, CONTACT NAME, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER. If you can, please transport it safely to a vet. Then seek an adopter, foster, boarding care or as a last resort – a local animal shelter.
EYE INFECTION IN CATS? NO VET AVAILABLE? GO TO A PHARMACY (or even a minimart like 7-11 will often have eyedrops). Pharmacists can be surprisingly knowlegeable about animal care and may even help do online research to confirm protocols and dosages.
If you are the rescuer or in touch with the rescuer, pls urge them to take kitten to vet. But for any cat with eye infections even before vet, can go to any pharmacy to buy eye treatments – very cheap.
BUY AT PHARMACY: Chloramphenicol eyedrops. Gentamicin or Terramycin Ocular Ointment. Saline Solution (or contact lens solution). Tissues or other soft wipes recommended by pharmacist.
Just drop 1 or 2 eyedrops in eyes – ask pharmacy for Chloramphenicol eyedrops (The eyedrops alone may be enough to save the eyes)
Then wait 10 minutes and apply ointment – gentamicin or terramycin
If in clean place and cat cooperative, can start by cleaning eye area with tissue soaked in saline solution or clean warm water. Just lay tissue over eye, hold for 30 seconds or more. DO NOT RUB! Let the water or solution seep into the eye and dissolve any discharge. Then can wipe away gently.
EYE CARE PROTOCOL: 2 to 5 times per day
1) Clean – warm water or saline solution on soft tissue, do not rub
2) Sterilize – drop 1 or 2 eyedrops in eyes – ask pharmacy for Chloramphenicol eyedrops
3) Medicate – Then wait 10 minutes and apply ointment – gentamicin or terramycin
So many blind cats in the world! If only someone had put cheap eye meds on, eyes could have been saved. Am told can do eye care up to 5 times per day have seen full recovery on 2 times per day. Protocol above recommended by vets many times. Sharing description but no substitute for vet diagnosis. Please get kitten to a vet! If you cannot afford to pay the vet bill, share out the banking info with cat’s name so others can help the cat too with donations. Ask the vet clinic for their banking info so people can donate directly to the vet for the cat’s care. Many people want to help cats in whatever way they are able. Please – if you see a cat with an eye infection, do not walk away. Give it a little help and you could save its eyes.
30 May 2020 – WHAT’S UP AT CAT BEACH CHAT GROUP It’s only 8 am and already several topics / problems to solve / issues have come up on the Whats Up at Cat Beach WhatsApp chat (let us know if you would like to join to help rescue Penang’s cats in trouble.) Always so much to think about — to research and consider about cats!
INTRODUCING A NEW CAT A black kitten found in the trash was rescued last night. Today there is a possible adopter / foster carer but she is concerned about whether the kitten will get along with her three other cats. Here’s what I think:
[8:29 am, 30/05/2020] Teviot: I would guess in 90% of cases, cats will get along — especially the neutered males as usually the fight hormones go away with neutering. The key is giving the cats time to get used to each other. For the new kitten or cat, they need to get used to the smells, sights, sounds of the new place and may be very frightened, For the resident cats, getting along may depend on whether they feel they lose some of the Human’s attention. So rewarding them with cuddles and treats for good behavior towards the newbie is recommended. A slow intro is best – keep the kitten in a bathroom or covered cage so the cats all begin to smell each other. Lots of good advice on the ‘net — https://resources.bestfriends.org/article/introducing-new-cat
[8:31 am, 30/05/2020] Teviot: There’s always the 10% chance that they may not like each other. As long as they do not hurt each other, should be okay. There is also Feliway spray which calms cat anxiety. Rivalry (jealousy) for shared beds, “purr-sonal areas,” food, and human attention can be a cause of disharmony. As long as each cat gets its own ‘territory’ (favorite place to hang out), then normally everyone gets along pretty well.
Another good resource: https://www.petmd.com/cat/training/evr_ct_how-to-introduce-cats
27 May 2020:
CURRENT PROJECTS So many things we can do to help cats! Trying to make a good list of priority projects and then work out how to execute. Clearly, CB could use more human hands to help! So getting volunteers involved is high priority! Making “pushes” (campaigns) for adoptions, foster care, volunteers, donations, trainings, outreach, sales, education programs, and so much more can help make long-term improvements to the sanctuary and to cats’ welfare in general.
MAY/JUNE 2020 PRIORITIES
Board Committee Volunteers — assemble 2020-21 board members, hold meetings, complete internal and government reports, make plans
Annual Vaccinations – end of May / beginning June — need to get as many done as possible. Fundraising, schedule vet, transport, etc.
CAT-alog — identifying cats with full info. Posting to new HOSPITIUM animal shelter site.
PAW-rents — matching cats from CAT-alog to Sponsors and ensuring sponsored cats get veterinary visits for vax, sterilization, etc.
B&G (Buildings & Groounds) – complete the new Kitten Playhouse, repair broken cement on walkways
– 10 May 2020: LOCKDOWN! Today it was announced that the lockdown in Malaysia will be extended to June 9th – and possibly beyond. For all the inconveniences and suffering of so many, we have to believe that this global crisis will have some benefits — perhaps a Wakeup Call that puts an end to the slaughter of wildlife and the horrible dog and cat meat trades and builds greater respect for Nature. The sea is bluer and cleaner, less trash on the beach these days. Let’s hope too for greater help to the ‘strays’ that struggle in almost every neighborhood. ]
So proud and grateful to the brave feeders who go out every day to be sure the Community Cats & Dogs have food. In future, Cat Beach hopes to give greater help to the many cat colonies and their carers with education, rescues, vaccinations, sterilizations and emergency aid. Community Cats need help!
– Cats or Rats – which would you rather have in your community?
Request permission to read the Cat Beach White Paper “Cats or Rats” at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EqbDJTC4dbyz27U16DyYrmpJCU6LZY5Dl53QDFSpXwY/edit?usp=sharing
and Powerpoint slideshow – https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WYShQFuvW3cnUHCr_u-FMWpiJFixXkUH0-Wi7XMELtk/edit?usp=sharing