Friday, August 19, 2005

One of the cats we saw - poor boy is missing an eye. Posted by Picasa


Blogger Mary said...

What causes them to lose the eye? Is it caused by human abuse?

19/8/05 6:29 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Can't tell - the socket just looked empty. The cat was so friendly though, such a sweetie.

19/8/05 6:34 PM  
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19/8/05 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Existentialist Cat said...

alot of times, missing eyes are caused by advanced cat flu which some cats recover from (less an eye).

hopefully the challenge of pushing for sterilisation as a better option towards population control can be achieved soon.

we can then push for vaccination that can prevent cat flu and perhaps protect them at AVA (against catching flu from fellow sick captives) till their feeders rescue them.

i do see an increasing trend of some feeders vaccinating on top of sterilisation : )

19/8/05 10:25 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Sometimes it can be through a fight as well.

Vaccinating if you have the money is definitely good, but if you are tight on money (and who isn't?), it's probably more important to sterilise. There is some discussion about the fact that by the time the cats have reached maturity, the chances of them getting flu is slimmer because they may have some immunity to it already. They may still get it, but it's less likely to be fatal in an older cat of course.

In a graph that I saw at CHAMP last year, they actually did a mockup of how many cats were killed if (i) they did testing for some cats for FIV/et al, and not for others, (ii) They did testing for ALL the cats, or (iii) they did no testing. In the mathematical model, the least number of cats died in (iii) because less cats were born in the end. So factoring in diseases and the like, you still have a lower mortality rate.

19/8/05 10:38 PM  

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