(ANIMAL NEWS) Officials in Santa Ana are responding to a typhus case from April in an unfortunate way. Typhus is carried by fleas and can infect all mammals, including cats, dogs, and humans. In hopes of preventing the disease from spreading, the city is trapping feral cats and euthanizing them. Alley Cat Allies wrote a press release that targets their faulty plan and stressed its inhumanity. Santa Ana is disregarding other practical solutions that will prevent typhus, including flea control for pets and education for community members regarding feral cats. Read more to learn about Santa Ana’s questionable strategy and Alley Cat Allies’ suggestions for tackling this problem. — Global Animal.
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Care 2, Piper Hoffman

After a typhus case in April, the city of Santa Ana in California is trying to round up and kill feral cats to prevent the disease from spreading. That might make sense if feral cats spread typhus, but they don’t — fleas do, and they don’t need cats to do it.

In a press release, cat advocacy group Alley Cat Allies cites epidemiologist Deborah L. Ackerman for the fact that in the absence of cats, “fleas are versatile parasites and will simply find another host, as dogs, raccoons, opossums, mice and all mammals as well as birds are potential hosts for fleas.” Hmm, “all mammals”…by Santa Ana’s logic, the town should start trapping humans.

Alley Cat Allies asserts that typhus outbreaks “are rare,” and in at least one case spread through fleas that made their homes on dogs, not cats. The organization urged Santa Ana to follow the example of Los Angeles County, which “advises treating pets for fleas and using humane outdoor cat deterrents to control flea infestations. Instead of killing feral cats, who avoid people by nature,” Alley Cat Allies continued, Santa Ana should “provide community resources for residents to treat and protect their pets, whom they come in contact with every day.”

A report from the Associated Press posted by Silicon Valley’s MercuryNews.com confirmed Alley Cat Allies’ claims that Santa Ana would kill the cats it caught. The write-up stated that Santa Ana police were setting traps specifically for feral cats, and that they will likely “euthanize” the animals they catch “because infections run through colonies and adoption isn’t possible if they are wild and sick. 

KTLA.com Los Angeles reported that according to local officials, “once caught, the cats will be sedated and then euthanized,” apparently regardless of whether they have fleas, let alone typhus-bearing fleas.

The news station recommended the following steps to protect against typhus:

-Pets, yards, and homes should be kept free of fleas by treating pets with flea-prevention medication.

-Eliminate places where wild animals, such as opossums, cats, rats and raccoons, can find shelter. 

-Eliminate food sources that might attract wild animals. 

-Wear protective gear when cleaning areas that may be infested by the above-mentioned animals.

These tips are designed to distance people from infected fleas rather than catching animals who rarely if ever interact with humans and whose deaths will not eliminate fleas. They make much more sense and are more humane than Santa Ana’s attempt to kill a few feral cats.

Aside from being misguided, Santa Ana’s cat-catching program appears ineffective: there are no reports that the town has trapped a single cat.

Santa Ana’s strange choice of strategy should not minimize the threat typhus poses. Local residents, particularly those with young children, fear an outbreak, however unlikely it may be. Typhus can be fatal if it is not treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of the disease “include fever, headaches, chills, body aches and rashes on the chest, back, arms and legs,” MercuryNews.com reports.

Most media outlets report that there has been only one case of typhus in Santa Ana: a child who had to be hospitalized but was later released. One channel, however, NBC Los Angeles, reported that this was actually the second reported case of typhus in the area this year. 

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/killing-cats-is-the-wrong-prescription-for-preventing-typhus.html#ixzz1xdKzvUVj

 

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  1. Here’s a little something that you cat-psychotics fail to comprehend. This has been an ongoing problem in that area. And in all cases the common denominator for anyone who has contracted Typhus in the past has been CATS.

    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/county-317133-animals-cases.html

    Note publication date from that posting:

    “Published: Sept. 14, 2011 Updated: Sept. 15, 2011”

    Note the all important word “AGAIN”:

    “Flea-borne typhus again a problem in O.C.”

    They were not taking some silly knee-jerk reaction to all the relentless problems that feral cats cause even if they weren’t the main spreaders of Typhus to humans. They were reacting from past experience in having already investigated the route of Typhus to humans in their area.

    Have you seen all the reports of cat transmitted plague lately? No? Start Googling. What’s next? You’re going to try to tell people how cats can’t transmit it? No rats nor fleas even required. CATS are now spreading the plague all on their own. Nicely disproving that oft-spewed cat-lovers’ lie about how cats could have prevented the plague in Europe. If more cats were around it would have been exponentially worse, not better.

    Here, I’ll save you some search time:

    Cat-Transmitted Fatal Pneumonic Plague …
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8059908

    Plague confirmed in feral cat in Pagosa
    http://www.pagosasun.com/archives/2011/07July/072811/webplague.html

    Tularemia & Plague in West-Yellowstone Cats – Both are Bio-terrorism Agents
    http://www.westyellowstonenews.com/news/article_02fceec6-f695-11e0-b752-001cc4c002e0.html

    Oregon man suffering from the plague is in critical condition
    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/oregon-man-suffering-plague-critical-condition-article-1.1094782

    Health department said Taos cat has the plague
    http://www.daily-times.com/ci_20849462/health-department-said-taos-cat-has-plague

    Oh, by the way, the only time Alley-Cat-Allies would be honest is if they changed their name to Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES.

    Want proof?

    FACT: Trap & Kill failed because cats cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control.

    FACT: Trap & Sterilize (TNR) is an even bigger abject failure because they cannot be trapped faster than they exponentially breed out of control, and they also continue the cruelly annihilate all native wildlife (from the smallest of prey up to the top predators that are starved to death), and the cats continue to spread many deadly diseases that they carry today — FOR WHICH THERE ARE NO VACCINES AGAINST THEM. Many of which are even listed as bioterrorism agents. (Such as Tularemia and The Plague — Yes, people have already died from cat-transmitted plague in the USA. No fleas nor rats even required. The cats themselves carry and transmit the plague all on their own.)

    FACT: Every last TNR cat dies a cruel and heinous death; under the wheels of a car, from other cat and animal attacks, finding environmental poisons, starvation, dehydration, heat exposure, freezing to death, infections, incurable diseases, parasites, etc., etc. And if very very lucky being humanely shot to death or re-trapped and humanely drowned (the two most common methods often employed on all farms and ranches to protect their gestating livestock’s offspring and valuable native wildlife from dying from cats’ Toxoplasmosis parasites).

    FACT: Hunted To Extinction (or in this case, extirpation of all outdoor cats) is the ONLY method that is faster than a species like cats can exponentially out-breed and out-adapt to. Especially a man-made invasive-species like these cats that can breed 2-4X’s faster than any naturally occurring cat-species.

    FACT: Alley Cat ALL-LIES of NYC have only managed to reduce the number of feral cats in their own city by 0.08% to 0.024% (and as the months go on that percentage becomes even more insignificant), thereby allowing more than 99.92% to 99.976% to continually and exponentially breed out of control. Here’s how Alley-Cat-ALL-LIES’ deceptive math works: If you TNR 4 cats and 3 die from being flattened by cars, this translates to a 75% reduction of feral-cats worldwide. Alley Cat ALL-LIES can’t even reduce the number of feral cats in their own city, yet they promote it as a worldwide solution. Then even bigger fools fall for it and promote it.

    FACT: When researching all the most “successful” TNR programs around the globe, JUST ONE OF THEM has managed to trap more than 0.4% of cats in their area. Oregon’s amazing 50,000 TNR’ed cats (the highest rate I found) is only 4.9% of all feral-cats in their state. Yet, by applying advanced population growth calculus on the unsterilized 95.1% of cats, they will have trapped only 0.35% of all feral-cats in their state sometime this year. <0.4% is a far cry from the required 80%-90% to be the least bit effective.

    FACT: Their mythical "vacuum effect" is a 100% LIE. A study done by the Texas A&M University proved that any perceived "vacuum" is just the simple case that CATS ATTRACT CATS. Get rid of them all and there's no cats there to attract more. I proved this myself by shooting and burying hundreds of them on my own land. ZERO cats replaced them FOR OVER 2 YEARS NOW. If you want more cats, keep even one of them around, more will find you. That university study also found that sterilized cats very poorly defend any territory. Non-sterilized cats, being more aggressive, take over the sterilized cats' resources (shelter & food if any). If there is any kind of "vacuum effect" at all, it is that sterilizing cats cause non-sterilized cats to restore the reproductive void.

    FACT: During all this investigation I have discovered something that is unfaltering without fail. Something that you can bet your very life on and win every last time. That being — IF A TNR CAT-HOARDER IS TALKING THEN THEY ARE LYING. 100% guaranteed!