Thursday, 11 March 2010


很抱歉这么久没有update 我的 blogger, 这段时间真的是很忙。



去年我和Yaw Hua有幸加入到SSPCA的COMMITTEE,尽我们的力去帮助这些无助的动物,帮它们尽快找一个家。


然而,动物疾病的控制和预防始终是让人头痛的大问题,由于太多的动物,加上员工基本知识培训的不足,而且没有自己的常驻兽医来督察,SSPCA shelter 的病毒传播还是没有得到有效的控制,特别是那些没有抵抗力小猫小狗,进来不久就生病,死亡。这也是为什么我们急需寄养家庭的原因。

I am sorry for so long did not update my blogger, this time is really busy.

I remember a long time ago I mentioned the SSPCA, the Sarawak Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. I used go there as a volunteer and found out that it likes an animal death camps --- staff do not have basic disinfection, disease prevention knowledge, the sick animals have not been basic care, all the animals got there is a run its course. Even more frightening is that any healthy animals into there and less than a week they will be sick and then die…. or is to be humanely destroyed. . . . .

I cannot blame the SSPCA, their human and financial resources are very limited, and there is no government assistance, all relying on a group of volunteers formed COMMITTEE.

Last year Yaw Hua and me joined the SSPCA COMMITTEE, we are trying our best to help these helpless animals.

After a year of effort, today's SSPCA have a regular vet, a new cattery, more kennel, and more staffs to clean and care for these animals.

And we have a regular pet adoption day --- in the pet adoption day, we will get some cats and dogs castrated and bring them to some popular locations to let the public adopt them. Those who have not yet to the age of the castrate , we will ask the adoptive families to purchase of an neutering form so that when the time come they can be directly sent to the veterinary clinic to carry out the specified castration.

However, animal disease control and prevention is always a big problem, because too many animals, coupled with lack of staff training in basic disinfection, disease prevention knowledge, more importantly do not have our own permanent vet to inspect, SSPCA shelter transmission of the virus has still not been effective control, especially for those young puppies and kittens, come in and soon getting sick and die. This is why we need foster families.

Friday, 7 August 2009

More pictures to remember

Those pictures make me remember the kittens in which i homed. Most of them are adopted , however some of them died because of their own sickness.

Pictures to remember my beloved cats

they are my beloved cats in which all of them are past away because of the FIP disease ( I suspect)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

FPV-feline panleukopenia virus

Since lots of stray or abandoned cats/kittens came in to my shelter, it makes me to experience all kind of disease. Aside the FIP, FPV (feline panleukopenia virus) is another serious disease to cats, especially to young kittens.
below is the some information of FPV in which i would like to share with all cat lovers....
What are the characteristics of the feline panleukopenia virus (FPV)?

Panleukopenia (feline distemper) is caused by a virus very similar to the one that causes parvovirus disease in dogs. It is very stable in the environment and can survive years at room temperature. It survives well in lower temperatures as well, and is not killed by many of the common disinfectants. Contact with a bleach solution of one part bleach to 32 parts water for 10 minutes will inactivate the virus.

How common is panleukopenia?

The feline panleukopenia virus is widespread in nature, so virtually all cats are exposed to it within their first year of life.

How is the panleukopenia virus transmitted?

FPV is most commonly transmitted when a susceptible cat has contact with the feces or urine of infected cats. Infected cats shed the virus in their feces and urine up to 6 weeks after they recover. FPV can also be spread by contact with urine- or feces-contaminated items such as food bowls, water dishes, clothing, shoes, hands, bedding, and litter boxes.
The panleukopenia virus is also transmitted from the mother to the developing kittens within her uterus. It can also be spread by fleas.

What are the symptoms of feline distemper?

The symptoms of panleukopenia can be similar to those seen in dogs with parvo or canine distemper (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures), which is why the disease is sometimes called 'feline distemper.' Panleukopenia in young unvaccinated kittens is usually fatal.
Young Cats: Many older cats who are exposed to feline panleukopenia virus do not show symptoms. However, young (3-5 months old) unvaccinated cats can become seriously ill. The incubation period (time from exposure to the virus to the development of symptoms) is 4-5 days. The onset of symptoms is sudden and cats will start out with fevers of 104-107F, depression, and will not eat. These symptoms appear so suddenly, some owners think their pet has been poisoned. Three to four days later they will start vomiting and can become severely dehydrated. Severely dehydrated cats may hang their heads over the water bowl, but not drink. Diarrhea can also occur and may be bloody.
A cat who becomes severely dehydrated may develop a lower than normal body temperature hypothermia, become weak and even comatose. Such a cat is very susceptible to developing a bacterial infection in addition to the viral infection.
Cats who survive the symptoms for longer than five days will usually survive, but complete recovery (regaining of weight) may take several weeks.

How is panleukopenia diagnosed?

The veterinarian will take into account the medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory testing to make a diagnosis of panleukopenia. Panleukopenia must be differentiated from feline leukemia virus (FeLV) infection, salmonellosis, and perforation of the intestine, as can be seen with a linear foreign body.
On a physical exam, the veterinarian would find fever, dehydration, depression, and when palpating (feeling) the abdomen, find that the intestines were thickened and the lymph nodes in the abdomen are enlarged. The abdomen is often painful.
Cats with panleukopenia (which actually means a decrease in all types of white blood cells) will have a low white blood cell count, although this can be seen in diseases other than panleukopenia. Some cats will also show a decrease in the number of platelets (the components of the blood which help it to clot).
Test kits are available to detect the virus in the feces. Recent vaccination against panleukopenia may cause the test to appear positive. Blood tests to look for antibodies (proteins produced by the body to destroy foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses) to the virus can be performed, but these tests are more commonly used for research rather than diagnosis. The virus can also be isolated from the feces or urine, but again, this is a time-consuming and expensive test which is usually performed in research situations.

How is panleukopenia treated?

The treatment for panleukopenia is basically supportive care. Fluids are given intravenously or subcutaneously to correct the dehydration. Blood transfusions may be given to severely affected cats. Medications would be given to stop the vomiting. Antibiotics may be given to protect the sick cat from developing a bacterial infection. Injections of B vitamins may also be given. Once the vomiting has stopped, the cat can be placed on a bland diet with small portions given frequently. For young kittens who did not receive colostrum, injections of antiserum can be helpful.

How is panleukopenia prevented and controlled?

Vaccination of kittens at regular intervals is the most important way to protect cats from acquiring a panleukopenia virus infection. Killed virus vaccines may be administered to pregnant cats or kittens less than 4 weeks of age if exposure to the panleukopenia virus is likely (e.g., in a humane shelter). The disadvantage to these vaccines is that the cat is not really protected until 3 to 7 days after the second vaccination. Modified live vaccines produce more rapid and effective immunity, but a series of at least two vaccinations 2-4 weeks apart should still be given. Pregnant cats and kittens who are younger than 4 weeks of age should NOT be given a modified live vaccine since it could cause abortion or damage to the cerebellum of the kitten.
The environment of cats with panleukopenia should be considered contaminated with the virus. A 1:32 dilution of household bleach should be used to disinfect floors, dishes, litter boxes, cages, and other items. Remember that this virus can last for years in the environment. A kitten should not be introduced into a cattery or household unless he has received his series of vaccinations.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Do you know about the FIP virus-Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus.

During this few months, 8 of my cats died, then I started to know the FIP virus-

Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus.

Below are some information of this virus for your reference:

FIP is a chronic, wasting disease that results in poor appetite, fever, and weight loss over several weeks; it is ultimately fatal. Because various organs may be affected (i.e., liver, kidneys, brain, eyes, etc.), a variety of clinical signs may be associated with this disease. For example, blindness or seizures may occur in one cat, while another will have signs of liver disease (jaundice).

FIP is a difficult disease to diagnose and to treat. Testing for this disease is not very accurate and the clinical signs are easily confused with a number of other diseases. The disease does not appear to affect all cats exposed to it in the same way. The only certain diagnoses are made at the time of a necropsy exam (autopsy). This makes FIP one of the most frustrating diseases for veterinarians and their clients.

There are two forms, the wet (effusive) form and the dry form. The wet form results in accumulation of large quantities of fluid in the chest or abdomen. If it occurs in the chest, the cat will experience difficulty breathing. When it occurs in the abdomen, a large, bloated appearance will result. The dry form affects the target organs in a similar fashion, but no fluid is produced. If enough time passes without the cat dying, the dry form may progress into the wet form. Diagnosis of FIP is much easier if fluid is present.

As with other viruses, spread of infection to other cats is a concern. There are three stages of FIP infection, and significant risk to other cats occurs in only the first two stages.

1. The first stage is initial infection. During the two to four week period following viral infection of the cat, a large amount of virus is shed; other cats in direct contact with virus will be exposed.

2. The second stage is one of dormancy. The virus is inactive within the cat, so it causes no disease. If the cat is stressed during this stage, some virus shedding may occur. Otherwise, the cat is not contagious. Some cats shed enough virus during the stressed period to be a threat to surrounding cats. This stage may last a few weeks to several years.

3. The third stage is clinical illness. It usually lasts a few weeks and terminates in death of the cat. As a rule, the cat is not contagious during this stage.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

New dumped kittens

Today 4 new dumping kittens found at the front of my door inside a small and dirty box, and one died already when I opened the box. They are so tiny and eyes just opened but still don't know how to eat, so I have to bottle feed them every 2 hours.

Such a cruet and irresponsible thing the people who dumped them has done!!!
However, my blackly seem want to be their replace mum. But he is a male cat !!

Unfortunately, 3 of them died one by one after few weeks non matter how hard i have tried to feed them....

Saturday, 20 September 2008

New abandoned kittens up for adoption

They are just abandoned by the owner at the front of my shelter. I have sent them to vet and been told they are all healthy. Now looking for good home for them.