Wood Green and ProtectaPet in collaboration to support FIV+ cat wellbeing

Wood Green and ProtectaPet in collaboration to support FIV+ cat wellbeing

Since lockdown started, there was an inflow of cats coming into Wood Green, The Animals Charity with feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Since these cats have extra particular wants than non-infected cats, together with entry to enclosed gardens, it takes considerably longer for them to be rehomed. Thanks to Wood Green’s partnership with ProtectaPet, new house owners can present cats with secure out of doors territories at a lowered value, which means FIV-positive cats can go to loving new houses extra rapidly.

FIV is a viral an infection that solely impacts cats, and is mostly transmitted via preventing or mating. Although FIV-positive cats will stay contaminated for the remainder of their lives, they’ll lead snug lives with a standard lifespan – offering they obtain supportive medical care, eat food regimen and are stored in a stress-free atmosphere. However, since they’ll move the illness to different cats, they’ll solely be rehomed to rural areas or to houses with enclosed gardens.

The prevalence of FIV is static at round 4%, which means it’s not a rising threat for the UK cat inhabitants, however sure components regarding the pandemic have brought about an inflow of FIV-positive cats coming into the care of Wood Green. With extra folks working from house, they’re extra incessantly noticing stray cats of their space and calling the charity for assist. The monetary impression of COVID-19 has additionally meant that some house owners have been unable to afford their cats’ veterinary payments and, sadly, have had to surrender their pets for rehoming.

Wood Green works in collaboration with ProtectaPet, the UK’s main supplier of cat fencing options, to permit these cats to benefit from the enrichment of the outside while giving peace of thoughts to new house owners. By maintaining them safely inside a cat barrier, catio or custom-built enclosure, the chance of them infecting different cats with FIV – in addition to a bunch of different considerations like getting misplaced or injured within the highway – is sort of eradicated. In addition to generously donating £2,500 of custom-made fencing for Wood Green’s on-site services, ProtectaPet additionally provides supporters and rehomers a beneficiant low cost on their very own set-up.

Juliette Jones, Cat Behaviour & Training Specialist at Wood Green, mentioned: “The majority of cats require entry to the outside as a way to categorical pure behaviours like exploring and searching, so we have to prioritise their wants when discovering them a brand new house – particularly since careworn cats are extra prone to illness. If we don’t consider a cat with FIV will cope dwelling as an indoor-only pet, we search for a brand new house in a rural space, with sufficient territory and sources to stop preventing with different cats. The different choice is for brand spanking new house owners to create an enriching indoor life-style, with a safe out of doors area like these supplied by ProtectaPet.”

Wood Green is at the moment caring for 5 cats with FIV, together with Charlie and Smudge (pictured above). Charlie had been preventing with cats in his native space and returned house in the future with a big wound on his face. Due to his FIV+ standing, restoration for open wounds is a bit more difficult, and his house owners couldn’t afford the therapy. Similarly, two-year-old Smudge had quite a lot of medical points – and was dwelling with two different cats – so it was crucial to get him rapidly to Wood Green’s Cambridgeshire centre to offer him the medical therapy he urgently wanted, while defending the opposite cats within the house.

Eve Davies, Co-founder and Communications Director at ProtectaPet, mentioned: “We’re proud to assist Wood Green, and absolutely consider of their welfare-first strategy to caring for and rehoming cats like Charlie and Smudge. To date, our merchandise have protected greater than 17,000 cats. For us, there’s no higher job satisfaction than realizing we’re serving to cats to dwell secure, but fulfilling lives – it doesn’t matter what they’ve been via.”

Wood Green receives no authorities funding and depends solely on the generosity of its supporters and companions as a way to take care of susceptible pets. To discover out extra about supporting Wood Green via a company partnership, please contact their pleasant crew on corporatefundraising@woodgreen.org.uk or go to woodgreen.org.uk.

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