Cats thrown from cars

There have been a number of instances reported recently in which cats and kittens have been thrown from moving cars. There is a theory that this is some sort of perverse game that has been stimulated but images on social media. In Birmingham in November a tiny cat named Annabelle was thrown from a moving vehicle close to a cat rescue centre. Other instances occurred this year in the USA in Austin and New Durham. Cat protection groups are keeping a close eye on this disturbing trend.

Selective killing of unusual cats

Odd behaviour or illness among cats seems to be greeted by a need to create some kind of breed purity and these poor cats find their life is ended prematurely. The evidence is mostly anecdotal but there is no doubt that fear that cat disease might jump the species to affect humans is quite prevalent in the underdeveloped world and also happens in the West.

Cats with extra claws

Polydactyl cats are born with an extra claw. This genetic trait is mostly found in the USA and Canada where they were traditionally used as ship's cats.In Europe these cats were considered unlucky and associated with witchcraft as a result they have largely died out. A recent example was found in Birmingham UK at the Cats Protection Birmingham Adoption Centre and have been successfully homed with Sue and John Dudley in Northfield.

A six clawed paw

Plague survivors are healthier

It seems that the so-called Cat Plague while killing many cats has made the survivors more healthy. Those who survive appear sharper, quicker and more alert. According to researchers this is not uncommon. Researchers examining the skeletons of 14th Century Londoners have found that mortality and survival may have improved after the Black Death epidemic that lasted from 1347 to 1351.

Updated Cat 'Plague' symptoms

The general symptoms of the so-called 'Cat Plague' have now been updates to incorporate the latest research on the condition.
Stage One
General lethargy followed by a total lack of interest in any food. Drinking and liquid intake stops almost completely.
Stage Two
This is indicated by excessive licking and cleaning. This phase goes on for several days - a rash appears on the underbelly and steps need to be taken to prevent cleaning of this area using a collar.
Stage Three
Vomiting follows unless the medication is having impact and then involuntary muscle spasms.
Final Stage
The the loss of bodily control and eventually severe shakes jerking the animals head violently. This 'shuddering' can then lead to paralysis and death.

Outbreaks are limited and seem to decline as cats in an area of high feral populations dies out!

Spanish stray still in Lichfield?

This summer a thin, starving cat appeared in Lichfield, UK in a garden, Concerned residents took him to Pool House Vets who established he was Spanish and must have travelled at least 1500 miles to get to Lichfield. His chip shows he was registered in Spain but no-one knows who his owners are. It is presumed he must have hitched a lift on a lorry that will have travlled through Spain and France. 'Dribbler' has an old jaw injury but Vets are still searching for an owner!

Picture source: Caters News Agency Birmingham