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March 27, 2014

More on trap, neuter, release practice

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NORMAN —

I have seen much suffering in barnyard cats not given veterinary care who are allowed to breed, but those days are now almost gone with modern factory farms.

The old barns that remain are mainly kept by hobby farmers and small local producers. I would not want barn cats using my vegetable plot as their litter box unless I wanted to pass on toxoplasmosis to my customers.

And cats can pass plague and other diseases on to people. A well-cared-for TNR cat colony in a good horse stable facility could offer an excellent quality of life for the cats and provide some valuable services, but monitoring the health of the cats is paramount, and to do so effectively they must be approachable and easy to handle — therefore adoptable.

Man develops three types of plague: An Oregon man contracted plague and almost died from the deadly bacterial infection after pulling a mouse from his cat’s mouth.

Paul Gaylord’s cat went missing for two days in a rural area and seemed to be choking on a mouse when he returned. Gaylord pulled the mouse free but was bitten by his cat in the process.

Within days, Gaylord felt ill. Soon he was comatose and on a ventilator, battling all three forms of plague: bubonic, pneumonic and septicemic.

Gaylord’s cat died and subsequently tested positive for the disease, but Gaylord survived, although he lost his fingers, toes and much of one foot to the illness.

Send all mail to animaldocfox@gmail.com or to Dr. Michael Fox in care of Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106. Visit Dr. Fox’s website at DrFoxVet.com.

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