Cat news: Heartbreak as deadly cat plague kills 11 kittens at animal sanctuary | Nature | News

The Fur and Feathers Animal Sanctuary in Wythall, Birmingham, was temporarily closed after an eight-week-old moggy named Marcie died just hours after the disease was discovered.

Ten more kittens also died, while the remaining 25 rescue cats were transferred to other charities to prevent them from contracting the deadly virus.

The sanctuary’s owners, who care for 65 animals, now fear it could be permanently closed after veterinarians announced it would have to move to get rid of the virus.

Lisa Hunt, the sanctuary’s founder, said: “Literally within 12 hours of getting the virus, Marcie died when she got to the vets.

“It was an absolute uproar, the virus hit the whole sanctuary.

“We are taking in strays who most likely have not been vaccinated against the disease, and the kittens cannot be vaccinated until they are nine weeks old.

“The cost put us in the red, we only had 27p in the bank account, but recently we got a £ 200 bill and more to come.

“We raised funds like crazy over Saturday and Sunday and managed to get enough to keep going for now.

“The treatment has cost well over £ 7,000 so far and we still have to pay for vaccinations.

“The vets asked us to go back to the sanctuary and burn everything as the virus can be virulent in the area for months, so now we have to move and start over.

“The virus has been around for a few years. It happened to us three or four years ago. We lost about 21 cats. It was horrible.”

“As a precaution, all kittens were placed in a Birmingham nursing home.

“We have no idea where it came from, we think it could be carried by flies, because maybe because of the hot weather even kittens who had no contact with others got it.

“We need someone who will contact us and offer us a new facility to use.

“Otherwise it would take us weeks to completely gutt and clean the sanctuary, and even then there is still a risk of another outbreak.”

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