A trap neuter return program that took place on Prince Edward Island during the spring and summer of 2001 informs us about feral cat health. This is tabulated and summarized data (below) that I have selected and which I personally find interesting. Please go to the full article if you want to see the full unabridged version (see base of post). 185 feral cats were trapped and treated. This was a very humane program.
The cats testing positive for FeLV and FIV showed signs of being in a fight - scars, cuts and bites (see this post for an example: damaged cat ears)
There is wide range in the numbers of feral cats infected with FeLV and FIV. For FeLV is varies between 4-35% and for FIV the range is 2.2-24%. See chart below for more. It may be that contracting FeLV makes a cat more likely to contract FIV.
Cats that suffer form FIV and/or FeLV are more likely to contract other diseases such as chronic abscesses, FIP (feline infectious peritonitis), respiratory tract infections (see URI), hemobartenollosis, lymphosarcoma (see cat health and cancer) and myeloproliferative disease (this last disease is a group of diseases that affects the bone marrow and which results in excess cells being produced).
|Data/disease/information ||Prevalence - comment |
|% kittens 6-12 weeks of age that were trapped ||25% of all cats trapped |
|fetuses removed during spaying operation||41 |
|number of females nursing litters ||14 - 7.6% |
|% of cats/kittens positive for FeLV ||9 - 4.9% -only adults were positive |
|% cats/kittens positive for FIV ||11 - 5.9% -only adults were positive |
|% adult male cats positive for FeLV ||7.7% |
|% adult female cats positive for FeLV||5.4% |
|% adult male cats positive for FIV||13.8% |
|% adult female cats positive for FIV||2.7% |
|cats least likely to be infected with FeLV +/or FIV ||younger cats, female cats and/or owned and indoor cats|
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Feral cat health - Source and thanks: PubMed Central article on TNR program on Prince Edward Island - see full article:- http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=339549
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