We had a great webinar session yesterday evening on sanitation in animal shelters, thanks again for those of you who were able to join the discussion ! Here are the answers to the questions we got during the webinar. As usual, if there is something else you would like to ask don't hesitate, I'll be glad to answer if I can !  

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Is rhinovirus a calicivirus?  We had a rhino epidemic a few years ago


Rhinoviruses are not caliciviruses. They are of a different kind, and are considered the most common viral infectious agents in humans. They are a predominant cause of common cold in our species. However, to my knowledge they have not been described in cats.


We often use the term “rhino” to describe upper respiratory diseases in cats, which can eventually lead to confusion. The two most common viruses causing upper respiratory diseases in cats are caliciviruses and herpesviruses.


 You can read more on upper respiratory diseases in cats here :



What kind of bacteria causes upper respiratory diseases in cats ?


Many different types of bacteria can be involved in the upper respiratory syndrome in cats. Among them, the most common are Chlamydophila felis, Bordetella bronchiseptica and Mycoplasmas. Other secondary bacterial infection can also develop with Staphylococcus spp, Pasteurella multocida, Streptococcus sp and E. coli.  

When I bring home a kitten from the shelter with other shelter animals, how do I keep my home safe as a foster ?


Very good question ! Here is a link to my Pinterest board where I keep ressources on this topic https://www.pinterest.com/pin/331225747572825635/ You will find here recommendations on what to do in a foster situation. 

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