FIV/FeLV Combo Snap Test: This tests for the FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukemia) at the same time. Some sanctuaries choose not to perform this test due to the high cost, but we have found through research and real time colony management, this is essential. Free roaming cats, abandoned cats, truly feral cats can be infected with both FIV and FeLV through saliva or blood transmission. A simple fight, that both cats walk away from, can lead to infection within hours. Two cats that are friends with each other, and bathe each other, can transmit this deadly disease. There is no cure for FIV or FeLV, and we do not take cats who test positive for either disease because our sanctuary is free roaming. We do not have the facilities to monitor, isolate, and properly care for a cat with FIV or FeLV.
FVRCP Vaccine: This contains the FVR (Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis), C (Calcivirus), P (Panleukopenia). This combination of shots into once vaccine prevents the FVR, which is a common severe upper respiratory infection that is extremely contagious. The Calcivirus is another virus that is very contagious, comes in many forms, and is easily transmittable. Panleukopenia is feline distemper, which is contagious and likened to the parvo virus in dogs. This disease has a 90% mortality rate.
Rabies Vaccine: Not only is this required by law, but as free roaming cats, our colony members are often surrounding by local wildlife. The rabies vaccine keeps them safe, and ensures that they do not catch and transmit this deadly virus to other cats or humans. We opt for the 3 year version of this vaccine, if the cat is old enough, and in good health when they go through intake.
Spay/Neuter: We are 100% population control at Cat Haven Ranch. All animals that are accepted into our sanctuary are altered prior to intake here. If there is a health problem with a cat that we have accepted into our sanctuary that precludes the cat from receiving surgery at the time of intake, the cat will remain in isolation until they are well enough for surgery.
Flea/Tick Control Application (Frontline/Advantage): All cats receive the appropriate dose of Flea/Tick prevention. Depending on what time of the year it is (what season), they may get Frontline, Revolution, Advantage, or Comfortis. We do this not only for their health - fleas can cause deadly anemia - but for their comfort.
Internal Parasite Control Application (Drontal/Pyrantel/ProFender): All cats receive the appropriate dose of internal parasite control - round, hook, and tape worms. Depending on their age, weight, and overall health, the type of de-wormer may differ. ProFender is a relatively new topical dewormer, that we prefer to use as both Drontal and Pyrantel can be hard on a cat's stomach.
Immediate Parasite Control Application (CapStar): CapStar is given to all cats at the time of intake. CapStar kills all fleas, ticks, and other external parasites (ear mites, mange mites, etc...) within 20 minutes of ingestion. This allows the Flea/Tick Control Application to have time to "kick in" prior to releasing them into the colony.