Audio Communication 04/21/18 — Concerning the New York Times article New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses

mouse in glue trap
Glue traps are a cruel and horrible way to kill mice. The removal of the dead mouse is an additional health risk. Here, some irresponsible person simply tossed the trap to the curb, creating a hazard for children, wildlife and outdoor cats.


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Metro Cat Rescue reply to New York Times article New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses statement that “Cats have their own viruses.”

New York Mice Are Crawling With Dangerous Bacteria and Viruses
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/science/urban-mice-viruses-bacteria.html

New York City House Mice (Mus musculus) as Potential Reservoirs for Pathogenic Bacteria and Antimicrobial Resistance Determinants
http://mbio.asm.org/content/9/2/e00624-18

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Should everybody get a cat? “Cats have their own viruses,” Dr. Calisher noted.

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Email to Dr. Calisher:

This seems to imply that cats pose a significant risk of zoonotic viruses. Was that what you meant? What viruses in cats pose a danger? What research supports this?

The one virus listed here
https://www2.vet.cornell.edu/departments-centers-and-institutes/cornell-feline-health-center/health-information/feline-health-topics/zoonotic-disease-what-can-i-catch-my-cat
is rabies. For a cat kept indoors, the risk of rabies should be nearly nil. And for those immunized, the probability of even outdoor cats catching rabies is very low. Around 250 cats in the US are reported to be infected each year. At a quick look, it does not seem that any transmitted the virus to people.
https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/location/usa/surveillance/human_rabies.html

Cats can catch influenza. I’m not aware that felines are a significant factor in the spread of the disease or as a vehicle for recombination — a “mixing vessel” like pigs. Compared to migrating birds and the worldwide poultry industry, flu in cats seems to be more of a curiosity than a concern. If there is research that shows otherwise, I’d very much like to know about it.

Because of Toxoplasma gondii, there continues to be a witch hunt against cats. No matter that with anything resembling sanitation there basically is no risk. No matter that most human infection with the parasite is due to the consumption of under-cooked meat and/or contaminated and unwashed raw vegetables. It would be a tragedy if that instead of seeing cats as the first line of defense against rodent disease — a war that’s raged since the Pharaohs — people began to imagine a feline enemy within.

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Dr. Calisher’s reply:

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Anyway, the “Cats have their own viruses” statement looks like something I probably said but it seems out of place, maybe misleading, in the article.

In case you are interested, I had a cat once. It was our neighbors’. They weren’t crazy about it but they treated it very well. The cat, however, loved our dog and would spend the days I our house with the dog while we were gone; it entered using a doggie door, not meant to be a cattie door. I’m not particularly enamored of cats, although I liked this one and he liked me. He’d bring me dead birds and live mice in the middle of the night, drop them on my belly and then sit on my pillow, look down at me, and purr loud enough to wake up my wife and I.

Nonetheless, cats have been known known to be infected with viruses, parasites, bacteria, fungi and other infectious agents: feline immunodeficiency virus, feline leukemia virus, heartworm, the plague bacillus in their fleas, rabies virus, the fungus that causes “ringworm”, toxoplasmosis, influenzaviruses, and various worms. Cats are probably no more dangerous as disease carriers than any other mammal – but they can be dangerous. Not very dangerous (except for rabies and plague) but they can be carriers of Bartonella henselae bacteria, the cause of cat scratch disease.

Your defensiveness is honorable.

Regards,

Charles H. Calisher, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Arthropod-borne and Infectious Diseases Laboratory
Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology

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College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University

Rescue cat remembers past lives!

Metro Cat Rescue found Meander the lost soul.

Meander was found weak and hungry, wandering the streets. The thought was that perhaps he was lost and so might be returned home. To determine where that was, we applied Age Regression Therapy. Unfortunately, Meander was too young then now to recall anything like clearly his original location.

When it seemed that the path back in time was blocked, an amazing breakthrough occurred: a veritable tsunami of memories of past lives. The feline consciousness flew to Warhol’s studio, from there to Hemingway’s house in Cuba, next Churchill’s study and then the Lincoln White House. As research continues, through Meander’s recollection, light — albeit a narrow beam — is shining on more and more distant events. We’ve just begun the documentation of his presence in Laketown at the time of the death of Smaug.

YouTube Video: Kittens reunited with their mom sweetie

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The kittens were rescued first and their mom Sweetie a day later. The video shows the mother cat and her babies reunited. She was a little tired from the experience.

I don’t know why Sweetie wanted to sleep in the litter box. There was a large towel in a tray and a cushion on the top shelf. Mom’s out of the cat playpen now and has the run of the room.
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It’s quick and convenient to use the GoFundMe DONATE Link. If you’d like to support Metro Cat Rescue by contributing through PayPal, the address to use is MetroCatRescue@gmail.com. It would be particularly wonderful if you chose to sustain the mission of Metro Cat Rescue by establishing a monthly donation through our PayPal account. Any amount will be a huge help. Unfortunately, right now we have no idea what our funding will be next month — or even next week. Helping to make it possible for Metro Cat Rescue to plan for the future will mean so many more kittens and cats will be saved.

If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

Please do support Metro Cat Rescue! All too often I’ve had to spend my own grocery money to make sure that the cats were well fed. If Metro Cat Rescue had better facilities and a used SUV or van for transportation, there’s so much more that we could do.

Instead of posting questions as comments, email inquiries to MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

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Metro Cat Rescue saved Francesco!

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Metro Cat Rescue saved this black cat!

As a kitten, Francesco was given a bottle like a human infant, He still loves — all the many pounds of him now — to be held in the crook of an arm and rocked back and forth with his eyes closed in bliss.

Unfortunately, though his original owners liked to play with a kitten, that did not grow into a commitment to care for a grown cat. When he matured and began to mark his territory, instead of having him neutered, the same ones who’d bottle fed him and taught him to trust people put him and a sibling out on the street.

Metro Cat Rescue was too late for the other cat; that one was killed by a car. Thankfully, we have been able to provide Francesco with a home. Francesco is only one of the many cats that are happy and healthy today because of Metro Cat Rescue’s quick action.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help! We are DROWNING in bills for food, medical costs and supplies. Donate at the Metro Cat Rescue GoFundMe Page. If everyone reading this went to the GoFundMe Page and gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

The dream of Metro Cat Rescue is to establish a facility to provide care for homeless kittens and cats with easily treated but contagious conditions — those innocents that now elsewhere regularly are made to die. Sadly, a lack of funds has kept Metro Cat Rescue’s goal on a distant horizon. Without the necessary resources, each day there are cats that we can’t help. Indeed, last summer, there was a dip in donations and adoptions. I would not let the cats go hungry, so I scraped by eating little more than bread, rice and beans myself.

If you’d like to support Metro Cat Rescue by contributing through PayPal, the address to use is MetroCatRescue@gmail.com. It would be particularly wonderful if you chose to sustain the mission of Metro Cat Rescue by establishing a monthly donation through our PayPal account. Any amount will be a huge help. Unfortunately, right now we have no idea what our funding will be next month — or even next week. Helping to make it possible for Metro Cat Rescue to plan for the future will mean so many more kittens and cats will be saved.

Please do support Metro Cat Rescue! All too often I’ve had to spend my own grocery money to make sure that the cats were well fed. If Metro Cat Rescue had better facilities and a used SUV or van for transportation, there’s so much more that we could do.

Instead of posting questions as comments, email inquiries to MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

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#CatRescue #Kittens #Cats #Charity

Ginny’s kittens are here!

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Because of Metro Cat Rescue, these kittens were born in a warm and clean place.

Loving Ginny was an abandoned cat living in an alley in Queens. A foster took Ginny in and so the kittens were born in a clean and safe place.

Ginny was living in an alley in Queens.

Ginny has her own ideas about child raising. “Mama Ginny does not like it when we put anything underneath the kittens! we try to keep a thin blanket or a towel under them to keep them warm but she moves them every time.”

Because of Metro Cat Rescue, these kittens were born in a warm and safe place

Does anyone in the Jersey City area go to Long Island? Metro Cat Rescue wants to send a quantity of cat food to the foster in Bellmore. Please! Anybody close to Jersey City who travels to Long Island, we need your help to assist the foster. If it wasn’t for them, Ginny would still be outside amongst the garbage cans. The kittens now are in a warm place and can look forward to caring homes. In the alley — if they managed to survive — they’d grow up ferals probably with the hard, short life of many outdoor cats.

Because of Metro Cat Rescue, these kittens were born in a warm and safe place

Email MetroCatRescue@gmail.com if you can help.
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Metro Cat Rescue coordinates the volunteer care of many outdoor cats in a number of colonies. We’re working hard to bring some inside to socialize and to place in good homes. This takes lots of time, space and money.

Our day with the rescue cats starts at 6am and ends at 8pm. Volunteer feeding of community cats is at dawn.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help so that we can continue to help cats living in the streets. It’s quick and convenient to DONATE. Just click on the Line above to our GoFundMe Page. If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats who have to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

MetroCatRescue@gmail.com is the address to use to donate through PayPal.

Instead of posting questions as comments, email inquiries to MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

#CatRescue #cats #kittens #outdoorcats #Communitycats #NeighborhoodCats

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YOU can help STOP the killing of kittens!

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Little Blake was rescued on August 12, 2012

There are those that routinely kill sick kittens for being “too much trouble.” Indeed, at one shelter (so-called) workers dubbed a manager the “kitten Nazi” because she was so “fast with the needle.”

The dream of Metro Cat Rescue is to establish a facility to provide care for homeless kittens and cats with easily treated but contagious conditions — those innocents that now elsewhere regularly are made to die. Sadly, a lack of funds has kept Metro Cat Rescue’s goal on a distant horizon. Without the necessary resources, each day there are cats that we can’t help. Indeed, last summer, there was a dip in donations and adoptions. I would not let the cats go hungry, so I scraped by eating little more than bread, rice and beans myself.

Little Blake the Ouija Cat is just one of our success stories. She was rescued after being left on the sidewalk by a trash can near a post office. Too weak to stand, the very young kitten was covered with fleas. She also had an eye infection, ear mites, ringworm and intestinal parasites.

Luckily, the tyke was small enough and the day was warm enough so that her entire body could be dipped in the bathroom sink. The fleas still on the head were carefully removed with a fine comb. And that was the easy part! The other conditions required considerable care and the application of medication.

Blake now is a regal lady whose only worry is gaining weight and so losing her fine figure

Little Blake is only one of the many cats that are happy and healthy today because of Metro Cat Rescue’s quick action.

It’s quick and convenient to use the GoFundMe DONATE Link. If you’d like to support Metro Cat Rescue by contributing through PayPal, the address to use is MetroCatRescue@gmail.com. It would be particularly wonderful if you chose to sustain the mission of Metro Cat Rescue by establishing a monthly donation through our PayPal account. Any amount will be a huge help. Unfortunately, right now we have no idea what our funding will be next month — or even next week. Helping to make it possible for Metro Cat Rescue to plan for the future will mean so many more kittens and cats will be saved.

If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats left to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

Please do support Metro Cat Rescue! All too often I’ve had to spend my own grocery money to make sure that the cats were well fed. If Metro Cat Rescue had better facilities and a used SUV or van for transportation, there’s so much more that we could do.

Instead of posting questions as comments, email inquiries to MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

Metro Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Amazon failed deliveries threatens to take food from starving cats.

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If anyone tried to donate gifts to Metro Cat Rescue, but had their Amazon.com orders returned, thank you very much for trying to help our little crew. Please do consider lodging a complaint with Amazon. Because of the many failed deliveries, Amazon has created a big problem for the kittens and cats that we help. Food is running very low.

Amazon’s private carrier — SAME DAY DELIVERY — either is not attempting delivery or is arriving after normal business hours. I’ve no idea what Amazon is thinking. This is a lot of trouble for us, a waste of time and irritation for those good and generous people helping us and a waste of money for Amazon.

SAME DAY DELIVERY showed up a number of times over the last couple of days after 6pm. They see that it’s closed, but go back the next day later instead of earlier. This has been a big problem for months, but has gotten much worse. They’ve failed to deliver many things this week.

I was on chat for an hour last night with Amazon Help. They were telling me that it needs to be explained to SAME DAY DELIVERY that this is a business address and deliveries need to be made during business hours. How I’m supposed to explain anything to them, I don’t know. When I see drivers, I tell them, but it’s always someone different and SAME DAY DELIVERY does not have an email. Also, they see that it’s a storefront, and note BUSINESS CLOSED, but keep going back later and later.

The shipping/postal address is Anthony Olszewski, CatRescue.tv, 297 Griffith St. Jersey City, NJ 07307. Deliveries are accepted by the barber on the corner of Kennedy from 8AM to 5:30PM. The corner of Kennedy and Griffith is the same building. That door is about 20 feet away from the door with the CatRescue.tv sign. There’s an 8.5 X 11 sheet on the door of 297 directing deliveries to the barber shop. He’s the landlord and accepts deliveries for the whole building.

For many years, we’ve gotten loads of things from Amazon delivered by UPS, Fedex and USPS — almost always without a problem. Why Amazon is hurting us by using SAME DAY DELIVERY that’s sending everything back, I don’t know.
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Metro Cat Rescue coordinates the volunteer care of many outdoor cats in a number of colonies. We’re working hard to bring some inside to socialize and to place in good homes. This takes lots of time, space and money.

Our day with the rescue cats starts at 6am and ends at 8pm. Volunteer feeding of community cats is at dawn.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help so that we can continue to help cats living in the streets. It’s quick and convenient to DONATE. Just click on the Link above to our GoFundMe Page If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats who have to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

Metro Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Volunteers needed at Metro Cat Rescue

Donate at the Metro Cat Rescue GoFundMe Page.

Metro Cat Rescue especially needs volunteers for trapping and transportation of cats to the vet. Fosters, including people who can care for kittens — especially in the summer months — also are required.

If you can do something else that will save kittens and cats, please do contact us, too, with an outline of your skill set and ideas. If you now are caring for community cats, let us know where the colony is and what resources / assistance is required.

To help us help cats in need, email MetroCatRescue@gmail.com with VOLUNTEER as the subject. Do include your contact information, your location, your experience, what you can do, and availability.
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Metro Cat Rescue coordinates the volunteer care of many outdoor cats in a number of colonies. We’re working hard to bring some inside to socialize and to place in good homes. This takes lots of time, space and money.

Our day with the rescue cats starts at 6am and ends at 8pm. Volunteer feeding of community cats is at dawn.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help so that we can continue to help cats living in the streets. It’s quick and convenient to DONATE. Just click on the Link above to our GoFundMe Page If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats who have to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

Metro Cat Rescue Facebook Page

Neighborhood cat backyard breakfast

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Neighborhood cat backyard breakfast

One of the breakfast regulars, this tortie uses a volunteer’s backyard installation.

In secure locations, dishes are provided. For the cats fed in front yards or the sidewalk, just enough dry food that the cats will eat is placed on the ground. This is to keep the ill-intentioned from knowing that cat feeding is taking place there.
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Metro Cat Rescue coordinates the volunteer care of many outdoor cats in a number of colonies. We’re working hard to bring some inside to socialize and to place in good homes. This takes lots of time, space and money.

Our day with the rescue cats starts at 6am and ends at 8pm. Volunteer feeding of community cats is at dawn.

Metro Cat Rescue needs your help so that we can continue to help cats living in the streets. It’s quick and convenient to DONATE. Just click on the Link above to our GoFundMe Page If everyone reading this gave SOMETHING, we’d be well on the way to providing for suffering cats who have to fend for themselves. THANK YOU!

MetroCatRescue@gmail.com

Metro Cat Rescue Facebook Page