A B.C. kitten company is hoping to get the word out about the dangers of deworming consent letters to prevent the spread of parasitic diseases.
The company, which says it has more than 2,500 cats in its care, is asking people to help protect the kittens from the diseases.
They say the kittens, which have been in a foster home since they were rescued from a kennel in February, are at risk for parasitic infections and have developed a taste for food and other spoiled food items.
The kitten company, Lidl, says it’s using the letter as a way to get people to step up and help protect its cats from the disease.
Lidl has teamed up with the B.F.S.S., which is part of the Bylaws for Animals.
“Our cats are not just here to please, but to be with us,” said Karen Anderson, the organization’s animal welfare manager.
“We’re here to do everything we can to protect our cats from this disease.”
She said it’s not the first time Lidls kittens have been affected by dewormers.
The B.S.-B.C.-Alberta alliance has been using the letters for about six months to spread the word to people who live in B.L. and Alberta.
“If you have a cat in your care, it’s very important that you tell your cat’s health care provider that you’ve had contact with the pet and to seek veterinary care,” said Anderson.
“The fact that we can be able to do that in B-L and Alberta is a really big step.”
The letter says the animals can get sick when exposed to a certain type of dewormer.
“While this disease is rare, there is a very high chance that cats in the shelter have been exposed to the parasite.
They have been known to shed mucus, and the infection can lead to severe illness,” reads the letter.”
Your cat may also be susceptible to the growth of the fungus, Candida albicans, which can lead even to pneumonia.”
It’s a sign the kittens are in trouble.
The kittens are at higher risk for infections because they are so small.
“They have very small ears, they are very tiny, they have very little muscle mass and they can’t use their hind legs very well,” Anderson said.
“This is an extremely difficult illness for them, especially in the early stages.
So, a lot of their health is really dependent on how long it takes them to recover.”
Lidls spokesperson, Mariah Burt, said the kittens have not been tested for the disease but the company does know that they’ve had a dewormed consent letter.
Burt said Lidlas has had contact in the past with a cat that contracted the disease, and she thinks there’s a higher chance that a cat has dewormeds.
“It’s still early in the process, but I think it’s possible that they’re at risk of developing a food allergy and therefore being susceptible to other illnesses,” she said.
A company spokesperson says a number of people have contacted them about the kitten outbreak.
Lido, which was founded in 2002, was created to provide a safe, affordable and reliable alternative to dewormering consent letters, which the BBLSA considers a mandatory service for pets.
“I think it was a very difficult decision to do, because we have been working on it for a long time, but it’s something that we’re really passionate about,” said Burt.
She said the company has received about 2,600 letters since February, and Lidlins kittens are still in foster care.
The letter also recommends that people talk to a vet before giving their cat any medication to prevent them from contracting the disease from the pet.
“That could mean a reduction in their daily feedings, or possibly even a decrease in their socialization,” she says.