The quarantine for some cats, after a contagious illness at Savanna-Chatham Animal Control, is expected to be lifted Friday. An upper respiratory illness was identified February 11th.
Around 23 cats have been separated in a different room until the vet clears them. Animal control officer Christina Sutherin said they noticed the illness after some cats had watery eyes, runny noses, and were coughing and sneezing.
"A lot of this could be prevented if cats were vaccinated with the FVRCP vaccination prior to coming into a shelter environment. The cats are vaccinated before we put them up for adoption but there are times because they are here and they are stressed they can break with that," said Sutherin.
To help stop the spread of the disease, any new cats that come in and are up for adoption are separated from the ones with the illness. Sutherin says humans can't catch what the cats have, but can pass the illness on to other felines.
"The cats are not commingling. When staff is cleaning they are wearing gloves and they are changing gowns in between cages. Every room has their own individual cleaning products so that way there is minimal cross contamination as possible," said Sutherin.
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