This Wednesday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported the first confirmed case of H1N1 in any house pet. The patient is a 13-year-old house cat. Two of the human family members had been sick, so vets at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine tested the cat for H1N1, and the test came back positive.
Here's the H1N1 patient photo credit: David Silverman/Getty Images
Lydia is an old lady cat whose owner died. She languished, depressed, in a small cage for several weeks afterward, and then transferred to CROW. She hid under the bed growling at everyone who walked by for about a week, and is still prone to snapping unpredictably. However, she is declawed and nearly toothless and couldn't hurt a fly. Her temper tantrums are decreasing, and she purrs mightily, loves being petted, has a love/hate relationship with the brush, and has slept in human arms the past two nights. Her heart is opening again and she is feeling love.
She has difficulty with her hind legs, and has an awkward gait, and falls if she is rushed. The rest of her body is very coordinated. She is so old and skittish that it will be a couple of weeks before she can handle getting blood drawn, but plans are in place to evaluate her as much as possible in the meantime.
C.R.O.W.'s mission is to improve the welfare of cats and their caregivers in the San Luis Valley, with a special focus on cats who are disabled, abused, senior, feral, or whose humans have become homeless.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. - Mahatma Gandhi
CROW= Colorado Rescue, Outreach, & Welfare
Colorado Yeah, that.
Rescue Cats in the care of C.R.O.W. live cage-free (except for medical reasons) in a network of foster homes in the San Luis Valley. We strive to rescue and rehome as many cats as possible, especially those with special needs, those whose humans have become homeless, and those facing euthanasia from city shelter overflow.
Outreach C.R.O.W. networks with other animal welfare organizations in the area to best meet the needs of the community. We share educational articles in the newspapers, keep an active blog, offer free educational workshops and classes, and interact with the community at large on a regular basis.
Welfare Our rescue and outreach programs directly impact the welfare of cats in the San Luis Valley. We are in the early stages of building a Feral Cat Welfare Program to improve public acceptance of feral cats, to provide winter shelters for colonies around the valley, to trap-neuter-release (TNR) as many feral cats as possible, and to help the caregivers of feral colonies in any way we can.
CROW Cat Rescue is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit. Your donations are tax deductable. Thanks!