Adoption Day This Saturday!

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Our foster feline Frank is giving us some serious side-eye for this last-minute announcement of our next Adoption Day… tomorrow! Help us turn his frown upside down by coming out to our little event!

We will be at the Jones & Danforth location of Pet Valu (869 Danforth Avenue) from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Meet and play with the cats who are in need of a loving home, or talk to our volunteers about the work we do. Even if you can’t attend, please show your support by helping us spread the word!

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Life and Love with FIV

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Frank, not a fan of eye meds or photo ops

A week ago, we told you about the plight of Frank, the pet who was abandoned by his owner in the frigid cold of winter.  His predicament was all the more unfortunate when he was found to be FIV positive.

That said, a diagnosis of FIV is hardly the end of the world for any cat.  There is a lot of prejudice and misinformation out there that unfairly limits the options available to FIV cats.  For Frank’s sake and for others like him, we’d like to take a moment to sort out the facts.

What is FIV?

FIV, or Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, compromises a cat’s immune system and makes him/her susceptible to illness and infection.  It’s colloquially referred to as “cat HIV” given that the two viruses are related, but this loaded choice of words causes unnecessary alarm.

Facts and Myths About FIV

  • FIV cannot be transmitted to humans, just as HIV cannot be transmitted to a cat.
  • FIV positive cats can live perfectly normal lives for many, long years.
  • Studies have shown that the risk of FIV transmission between cats is very low.  In fact, FIV positive and negative cats can happily live out their lives together without ever seeing the virus spread.  One of the most famous examples of this are the Internet celebrities Cole & Marmalade.  Many Cat Busters rescues have demonstrated this time and time again and we have known vets who themselves own both FIV positive and negative cats.
  • FIV cannot be transmitted through casual contact, such as shared litterboxes, food bowls, or bedding, as the virus cannot survive long outside of the cat’s body and is easily destroyed by drying, light, heat and basic detergents.  It is not spread through grooming, snuggling, mating or even mild scuffles between cats.  Kittens rarely acquire the condition from an FIV positive mother.
  • The primary and most likely method of transmission is through a deep bite wound that breaks skin, accompanied by bleeding gums.  We’re talking serious battle scars here… your typical slap-fight between cohabiting kitties won’t do it.

Adopt a FIV Cat

Sadly, the stigma of FIV keeps many wonderful cats from being adopted.  Some shelters and owners resort to euthanizing cats after a FIV diagnosis — this is an extreme and utterly unnecessary measure.

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Frank approves of chin scratches

Frank is a sweetheart and a good boy.  He loves hugs, tummy rubs and chin scritches.  He dutifully uses his litterbox to do his business.  He’s not a fan of the eye ointment he has to take for a few more days, but doesn’t make a fuss.  Even going to the vet isn’t a big deal.  After just one day, Frank quickly figured out that he needs to stand back a minute while his foster mom sweeps around the litterbox; he knows that cuddles can wait until after that little chore is done.  He plays with his growing collection of toys and goes nuts for catnip.  Even though the owner who discarded him complained that he meowed too much at night, he has been quiet at bedtime.

Sounds like a perfectly normal cat, doesn’t he?  That’s because he is.  Frank deserves a forever home, just like all our rescues.

The current foster home is a temporary arrangement: unfortunately, one of the resident cats is immensely aggravated by Frank’s arrival so the foster mom has to keep them in separate parts of the house where they can’t see or smell each other.  This is not an ideal arrangement, but everyone is making do for now.

If you would like to foster Frank long term, or better yet, adopt him, please contact us through our contact form on this website or message us via Facebook.

Lost Kitty Needs Your Help!

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Attention, dear friends!  This sweetheart has gone missing and despite his owner’s best efforts, has not been seen for 2 weeks.  He may find his way back on his own — it happens — but otherwise, please keep your eyes peeled and do that amazing thing you do and spread the word, far and wide!  We’ve attached his owner’s original flyer for contact details and more info on Cal.

Here’s hoping this kitty comes home safe and sound ♥♥♥

Name: Cal
Last Seen: June 27th
Area: Wolfrey Avenue, between Broadview and Bowden

Description: small adult male, long-haired orange tabby, missing an upper canine, microchipped, doesn’t wear a collar (more like he’s an expert at wriggling it off), a one-time feral so you’ll have to earn his trust with treats first before catching him

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The Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

facebook-cover-2017We always say that every dollar raised can make a difference in our rescues’ lives.  But sometimes $1 can raise $10,000!

June signals the start of the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, when every dollar you donate through canadahelps.org or givingchallenge.ca becomes an automatic entry for your favourite charity to win $10,000.  The more you give, the more chances the charity will win.

Cat Busters is one of the registered charities you will find there.  We’ve always been transparent about where our funds go and more often than not, our volunteers have paid for essentials like vet bills and medications themselves.  Every last penny goes toward the care of the animals we take in.  Your donations have made it possible for us to save hundreds of animals over the years.

If you support our mission and would like us to keep going, please consider adding us to your list of favourite charities at canadahelps.org and pledge those magical dollars that might one day turn into a whole lot more!