Cats Are Often Misunderstood And So Are The Health..


Cats are often misunderstood – and so are the health issues that affect them. But July 16th is an opportunity to learn a little more about one particular virus affecting cats worldwide: feline leukemia 🐱

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is spread between cats via bite wounds, social grooming and sometimes (though rarely) shared litter trays and food bowls. Once infected, the virus weakens their immune system and makes them susceptible to infections, anaemia and cancer.

On the face of it, FeLV may sound scary, but we hope the furry faces of our FeLV+ cats here show that it doesn’t have to be! Though the virus shortens a cat’s lifespan, they can still live happily and healthily during that time with the right care and in the right environment. And we believe they deserve to.

Here are a few ways we can all help:

💉 Vaccinate

While there’s currently no definitive cure once a cat has been diagnosed with FeLV, there is an effective vaccine to prevent them from contracting it in the first place. Ensure your cats and the stray cats in your neighbourhood are protected.

📖 Educate

There are lots of unhelpful myths surrounding FeLV, but you can educate yourself and others that FeLV is prevalent but preventable and damaging but not a death sentence.

🏠 Adopt

Soi Dog does not adopt FeLV+ cats overseas due to the stress the journey places on their already-weakened immune systems. However, your local shelter may have some FeLV+ felines in need of a home.

🐈 Sponsor

Many of the cats in the Soi Dog sponsor programme are FeLV+. With a small monthly gift, you can be their lifeline. In return, they’ll send you regular updates and photos and a special video at Christmas. Please click here to learn more: https://links.soidog.org/a-chance-to-live

#Caturday #FelineLeukemiaDay

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Soi Dog Foundation

Established in 2003 in Phuket, Thailand, Soi Dog is Southeast Asia's largest organisation helping stray animals. The Gill Dalley sanctuary in Phuket is home to over 1,600 animals. Soi Dog also has a treatment facility in Bangkok and responds to crisis situations throughout Thailand. The organisation is dedicated to implementing effective, sustainable solutions that reduce the suffering of dogs and cats in Asia, runs entirely on donations and works efficiently so all donations are used to help animals as effectively as possible.

The foundation is a registered not-for-profit organisation in Thailand, the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, France and Holland. It has a maximum 4-star rating with Charity Navigator, the largest and most-utilised independent non-profit evaluator in the United States, a platinum seal of transparency from Candid, the world’s largest source of non-profit information, a Top Rated award from Greatnonprofits and the Travelers’ Choice award from Tripadvisor.

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