Respiratory issues rampant

Chelsea Powrie

An overwhelming number of kittens taken in by Summerland's Critteraid sanctuary this season have had respiratory issues, resulting from illnesses spread by unvaccinated cats. 

This kitten season has been a busy one, according to animal director Jess Byer, and an expensive one, due to the cost of treating their health issues. 

"We've seen a lot of kittens come in with respiratory issues," Byer said. "So we have a lot of older kittens, about 6 months old. It takes a while to get them healthy enough."

Critteraid's "Kitten Room" is full of young cats that are now healthy and ready for their forever homes, thanks to the efforts of the society. Byer wants to help spread the word about how important it is for owners to vaccinate their cats against common respiratory diseases, feline AIDS and feline leukemia, to help prevent more cats from being infected. 

"There's just been a lot of unvaccinated animals outside that have respiratory issues, and they just share. It's like going to daycare with a snotty nose. Everyone in daycare is going to go home with a snotty nose," Byer said. 

Byer said cat owners should talk to their vets about what vaccines would be right for their pet.

"Any of our great vets in the valley would be able to guide you in the right direction," she said.

Byer also hopes cat owners will spay and neuter their cats, as that goes a long way to reducing the number of kittens the sanctuary needs to rescue every year. 

"We all have to work together as a community to stop the epidemic of kittens after kittens," she said. 

Those interested in adopting one of the many adorable kittens, now healthy, available at Critteraid right now can fill out an adoption application here or call Jess Byer at 250-488-3226 for more information. 

More Penticton News

Recent Trending


Send us your News Tips!

Soft 103.9

Penticton SPCA Featured Pet

Chippy Penticton SPCA >


Castanet Proud Member of RTNDA Canada