It is with great sadness and a very heavy heart that I write this post.
Popeye that amazing cat who has won the hearts of so many people, is no longer with us.
Popeye had Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and it was believed that the swelling around his badly infected eye was caused by cancer.FeLV adversely affects a cat’s body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, may cause various blood disorders, and may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders a cat’s ability to protect itself against other infections.
With Leukemia, an already suppressed immune system and his badly infected eye – would it have been fair to put Popeye through an operation and more pain? Would the stress of the operation have been too much for him? We don’t know how much longer Popeye would have had left or how long he had had the Leukemia.Popeye had a hard life on the streets and finally just when he had the chance of a much better life in a loving home – well, it’s just not fair!
This didn’t need to happen! There is a vaccine for Feline Leukemia. Did Popeye catch the virus because he was an unneutered male that got into fights with other unneutered males? Has he passed the virus onto other cats?Cats persistently infected with FeLV serve as sources of infection for other cats.
The virus is shed in saliva, nasal secretions, urine, feces, and milk of infected cats. Cat-to-cat transfer of the virus may occur from a bite wound!
Please get your cats neutered and vaccinated!
If there are unneutered strays in your neighbourhood, we will help to get them neutered and hopefully what tragically has happened to Popeye will not happen to other cats.
Popeye’s story has inspired many people, and was inspiration for this gorgeous caricature of Popeye by artist Mike Bryson from pipsandbeans.co.uk, which we have adopted for our logo.