Picture of Pearl

Blessings To Pearl From Community Animal Network

 We Stood Outside, Our Hands Reached For One Another
As I Read Pearls’ Blessing….

There Was A Gentle Breeze And The Sound Of Birds Chirping.

“We bless Pearl’s life as she passes today. Her pretty green eyes were the window of her soul which will be cherished by her caregiver Lee.

Sing Soul of Pearl! Sing!”

Pearl’s “event” took place April 6, 2018 at “The Care Clinic” in Orange where she was euthanized with the caregiver Lee in attendance. Immediately following Pearl was driven to “Only Cremations for Pets”, Newport Beach, where a “grieving room” was waiting for Lee and her final moments shared with Pearl. Lee will receive her ashes in a pretty box with her Pearl’s name engraved next week.

We are thankful that our rescue kitty Pearl came back to Community Animal Network to be cared for in her final days and loved by her foster parent, Lee Turner.

Lucy aka Pearl’s Story: A tiny microchip led her back to Community Animal Network after being impounded at the Orange County Animal Care Center in June of 2017.

Lucy was her given rescue name in 2008 when adopted as a kitten by a Huntington Beach Family for their daughter. The person that found the cat Lucy and called animal control lived on the same street as the owner, but, we doubt that she knew the cat belonged to a neighbor.

Community Animal Network called the owners and was told that Pearl went missing in March of 2017 and was presumed killed by coyotes and that they adopted another cat and did not want Pearl back.

After many months of being with Community Animal Network Pearl suddenly became unable to stand, or walk to the litterbox. It was initially believed that when foraging to survive that cat Pearl ingested a rat, mouse, or bird infected with the parasite toxoplasmosis that caused symptoms of neurological issues and lead to the diagnosis.

Pearl’s first attempt of recovery from toxoplasmosis was a long term antibiotic treatment with the antibiotic clindamycin which proved to be unsuccessful.

Information about Toxoplasmosis and the use of antibiotics.

Because Pearl’s blood titer level for exposure to toxoplasmosis was low and it had been a long time since her rescue back, Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell had concern that Pearl’s original diagnosis by one of her associates was incorrect and therefore diagnosed a tumor on her spine that mimicked the neuroglial signs of toxoplasmosis.

Community Animal Network posted on March 5th that we were scheduling Pearl’s euthanasia and that the foster parent needs to feel it’s the right time to schedule the “event”.

Those eyes will no longer be looking back and with hope always in our minds, it takes time for the rescue caregiver to prepare mentally for the last days. Today, Lee says good-bye to the rescue cat she came to love.

Donations accepted in Pearl, aka, Lucy’s name welcome.

Our vet bills, euthanasia and cremation costs are over $1,000.00.


Community Animal Network
P.O. Box 8662
Newport Beach, CA 92658
Memo checks: In Memory of Pearl
Contact DiAnna at 949-759-3646 or [email protected]

Protecting A Lost Pet

Written By 
DiAnna Pfaff-Martin

Founder of Community Animal
Network and the Animal Report

For your animals’ protection always have your cat or dog wear and pet tag and “most” important” have your veterinarian perform a simple non-surgical procedure to implant a tiny a microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades.

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Litter – Just Another Word for Trash

Animal rescuer Bonnie Monaghan has some important words to share regarding the wellbeing of Southern California kittens. As an effort to alert and inform the public, she would like to note that is a high kill shelter in Downey, CA.

Through her efforts she intends to encourage cat rescuers to apply for pull rights and save their pets, especially litters of Rescue Only underage kittens.

IF you are on Facebook, please have a look at the BRAND NEW PHOTO ALBUM for the SEAACA CATS, and consider TAGGING some of your cat rescue friends on some of the Facebook photos to help inform the public of the graveness of the situation.

If you are a 501c3 rescue interested in saving some cats from the SEAACA shelter in Downey, you can find their adoption partner application here . IT IS ONLY 1.5 PAGES – VERY SHORT AND MANAGEABLE!

They will Fast Track new adoption partner applications if there is an animal that you want that they currently have available. You would need to make the subject line of your email to the rescue coordinators specific like “Please PULL A——, Application Attached”, and attach the short application.

Here is the email addresses of the Rescue Coordinators, but please do not email them unless you are with a 501c3 rescue and are ready to PULL. [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

If you are a member of the public you would have to get your info by calling the front desk instead. 9777 Seaaca Street Downey, CA 90241 Phone: (562) 803-3301 Front Office, Reception: Tuesday – Friday: 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Mon & Sat: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. Animal Viewing Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. Saturday: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. http\:// /adoptions/view-our-animals

Thank you for considering helping the cats at this shelter, and please do check out Bonnie’s new photo album on Facebook for the Seaaca Cats.


The Animal Report


A Call to Action for a “Big Lovable Dog Named Shortcake”…

Your Could Be A Part Of A Good Ending Story!

“Big Dog Shortcake”

A caring South Orange County (Lake Forest) woman agreed to take a shelter rescue dog in her home for a week after the adopter changed her mind.

Promotion For Animals In Need

Please Cross Post To Your Friends and Animal Lovers

“Shortcake would have been returned to the shelter if it was not for the kindness of this woman. The rescue community has not found a foster for Shortcake and the Lake Forest woman is unable to keep caring for Shortcake and has worry and tears that in her attempt to help she may be the one that has to live the experience of taking Shortcake back to the shelter since the rescue community hasn’t responded with another to help Shortcake. ”

Reply to Wendy

Shortcake is young and has a lot of energy and needs walking and exercise and then returns to being a couch potato. Shortcake was rescued from the Lancaster Animal Shelter and helped just temporarily. Rescues are networking the dog Shortcake to try to help. He is a nice dog and found to be great with older children but shows dominance with other dogs but no biting. He looks to me like a Mastiff or Great Dane mix?

He is in staying in a garage waiting for help. Shortcake was past his euthanasia date at the shelter and his supporters don’t want to see him go back to die. The current foster says he is very strong and pulls on the leash, loves to play ball and is willing to learn his commands.

Please Foster or Adopt Big Dog Shortcake!


Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

To Help Memo Your Check,

“Post Title”

non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

Meet Our Rescue Animals in the Caregivers Home Call 949-759-3646

Protecting A Lost Pet

Saving Pets With Microchip Implants

The Animal Report

Protecting A Lost Pet


Promotion For Animals In Need

Please Cross Post To Your Friends and Animal Lovers

“My professional experiences managing Community Animal Network leads me to have the opinion that all companion animals should be implanted with microchips and the pet-parents contact information registered in order to protect lives. However, a microchip implanted and not registered or the information not kept current renders the life-saving abilities of the microchip useless.”

Protecting A Lost Pet

Written By
DiAnna Pfaff-Martin

Founder of Community Animal
Network and the Animal Report

For your animals’ protection always have your cat or dog wear and pet tag and “most” important” have your veterinarian perform a simple non-surgical procedure to implant a tiny a microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades.  

The non-surgical microchip implant procedure costs between $35.00- $55.00 but the chip must be registered to the owner with a national database for a small fee.

Pet-parents biggest mistake is not keeping their contact information current or registering the microchip in the first place.

 A microchip will protect the animal from shelter euthanization by notifying the pet-parent when an animal enters a municipal shelter. Municipal shelters across the United States are required to scan for a microchip when an animal enters a shelter, prior to euthanasia and/or at the time of adoption to insure no mistakes have been made.

Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

To Help Memo Your Check,

“Protecting A Lost Pet”

non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

Meet Our Rescue Animals in the Caregivers Home Call 949-759-3646

Suspected Animal Killers





Network of Orange County


Public Relations for Animals




Orange County

Suspected Animal Killers




Has This Woman Picked Up any Of Your Cats?

email your information to:

Ryan Drabek

[email protected]

Stefani Waterman

[email protected]

The Animal Report

[email protected]


All Rescues
Are Not the Same!




Commonly, rescue
organizations are always full because it takes a long time to
find a new home for an adult cat, older kittens, big dogs or
an old dog.

Don’t Be Fooled!
There Are "NO HOMES" for Wild Untouchable Feral Cats! There
Are No Sanctuaries That Don’t charge A Substantial Financial

So, "Before" you
place your beloved pet in harms way… 

And "BEFORE" you become
frustrated trying to find a new home with your pet with a rescue and
become desperate…

If You Become
Desperate for Help; Beware Of Anyone Described As A "Nice
Lady", or Business Cards that Simply Say "Animal Rescue"!

People Make Desperate Choices and Often Not the Right Choice." 

The Authorities
Say, "Buyer Beware". If It Is Too Good To Be True It Is!





Some Rescue
People and Organizations KILL!




Are the Suspects

Names That Are
Published In The Blog Considered To Be Involved:


Hildebrand, Cindy Morgan, Linda Sheehan, Barbara Zolle, 
, Carol Murphy.  Lynn
Hildebrand Named as Primary 
Killer  of
healthy adoptable puppies, kittens, 
dogs over a period of years.

The Blog Spot. It was first Published
Feb 16, 2010 – 
Still People Give Them Cats and Dogs!

If all




If You Have Given A Dog or a Cat To "Described
Nice Rescue Ladies" Contact the Authorities and
Make a Report! 

Ryan Drabek

[email protected]

Stefani Waterman

[email protected]




If You Have Given A Dog or a Cat To "Described
Nice Rescue Ladies" Contact The Blog Spot and get
your Information Documented and Recorded with the
Authorities Listed. The Blogspot was first
Feb 16, 2010 – 
Still People Give These  People Cats and





It is
believed that there is a house in Huntington Beach where
a woman named Marsha lives and this is one of the drop
off places for some of the animals to be later picked up
by the suspects.





veterinarian in Huntington Beach is also believed by
rescue people to be involved with the euthanasia as well
as shelters.





There is An Animal Organization that Supports the
Efforts of the Suspected Animal Killers. 

Would Animal Rescue People Be Involved with
Killing? Because these people are protecting them
from cruelty! "YOU"!

People do abandon and abuse, and many do not have
the funds to pay the shelter impound fees…

Expose these  People that are believed to be
masquerading as rescues. If they told you the
truth you would not give the animals to them! 
If animals are abandoned, they suffer; they starve
and can become prey to animals, hit by cars,
poisoned or they can procreate attributing to the
over-pet population. 



Help Take
Off Their Masks! Expose The People Responsible!

Communicate Your Stories!



Has This Woman Picked Up any Of Your Cats?


Ryan Drabek

[email protected]

Stefani Waterman

[email protected]

The Animal Report

[email protected]




  These People
Are Committing Fraud but No One Complaining Is


  They Make
You Believe They Find Homes, So You Have Peace Of


  The Animals
Are Never Seen Again.

  So, where
do They Go?  

Animals Are Believed to Be Driven To Shelters
and Unscrupulous Veterinarians. 



Pfaff-Martin, Calls Them "The Black Hole Group"!
What goes In, Is Never Seen Again.

     If Your Have Important
Information to Share contact:


The Animal Report

[email protected]



Make Up Your Own
Mind! Read These Links….

 "BEFORE" you become
frustrated or place your animal in harms way… 

The Mookie Story!

San Bernardino Humane Society Night Killings

Killings – Blog Spot

Animal Rights Discussion



Would People Turn Over Cats and Dogs to the Animal



People desperate find help with the suspected
animals killers because they can’t get legitimate
"immediate" help from the animal rescue community. 

– Make

Rescues that have
kennels are almost always full and often do not return  phone calls.

– There are "NO" No-Kill municipal
animal shelters in Orange County; they are called "Pro-Humane"






Pro-Humane is not the same as "No-Kill".
Pro-humane shelters and pro-humane rescue groups do kill for
sickness, overcrowding and aggression! 


  • Both dogs and cats can
"become" cage aggressive when caged for periods of time (30 days is
considered inhumane by most) 

• Both dogs and cats can
"become" sick (cats; upper respiratory / dogs: Kennel cough) simply by
living in crowded conditions around too many other animals. 

•  The California State Law
protects animals from euthanasia for only five days and may be killed anytime
after to make space for new animals being impounded.; Owner Relinquished Animals  Are
Protected Only for 2 Days.

• Adult dogs and cats are killed
swiftly during kitten season (April – August) as the general public is looking
for and adopting the tiny ones leaving the adult animals and large breed dogs at
risk of loosing their lives as the shelter fills with kittens and


There are
too many animals and not enough homes

• It takes approximately 3
months or more of intense effort to get an adult cat or large mixed breed dog a
new home.  

•   Rescue groups
are not all the same!  Many groups and animal loving people conduct their
rescue efforts as "pro-humane" and will pick up animals from desperate
individuals that are trying to avoid the uncertainty of the shelter system.
Animal’s lives and the pet parents emotions are at stake when animals are
relinquished unsuspectingly into the wrong hands. Pro-humane groups don’t like
to be questioned and will make up stories about where the animals is living
(with a nice old lady, etc.) to satisfy the remorseful caller.  In these
cases relinquished pets often find their home "in heaven". 


turn over an animal to a rescue group or self described rescue person
without asking a few questions…. 

May I drive and see
the home where my pet will be staying?

Where are your adoption
events? May I be there with my animal? 

Do you have a web site? Will I
be able to see my pet’s photo there? 

Do I have to sign a release or
anything? If not you have them write up the terms in which you are agreeing and
understand how the business of rescuing your animal will be conducted. 

Always read What you are
signing and demand a copy! Often these relinquishing releases actually disclose
they have the right to euthanize the animal. Be ware that once the animal
becomes the property of the group or person that they have the right to dispose
of the animal if they choose to do so unless it is otherwise written. 

Beware of
Animal Rescue People That Can Pick Up  Your Animal Right
Away.  The Suspects are Fanatics About Animal Rights.
Yes! These People Believe the Animals Are Better Off Dead! 


spay, neuter, microchip, collar and tag your pets.


2012  All Rights Reserved


Cats in Orange County Prisons Need Help

The Animal Report

January 31, 2010


Now With Six Kittens

Needs Foster Family


A Pregnant Cat Was Rescued From An Orange County Correctional Facility And Is Living Behind Bars Once Again At A Local Veterinary Hospital.

Promotion For Animals In Need

Please Cross Post To Your Friends and Animal Lovers

“This E-Mail Could Save An Animals Life” DiAnna Pfaff-Martin has been helping private party and rescued animals to find new homes since 1996. Please share each topic issue of “The Animal Report” and with friends, family and co-workers to help spread valuable information to the pet-loving community and to support animals in need of finding new homes. With your help we believe we will better serve local people and their pets. Always spay and neuter, microchip and donate to “local” animal organizations.

“I Had No
Idea. I Never Would Have Expected The
Inmates To Be Taking Care Of The Animals.”

– Prison Psychologist


Cats in prisons is not the first thing that comes to our minds, but the Animal Report was told all about the issue by a correctional facility psychologist.

For the past decade the rescue friendly clinical psychologist has been working with California prisons and rehabilitation centers. 

“I first saw them outside in a large field, some were cared by inmates”. She continues, “Later I found out there would be up to two-hundred cats on the prison grounds, living in colonies.”

As the population of these animals began to increase the prison staff took initiative. They contacted local veterinarians and they began to help. Some staff made contributions, paying for the transport and spay or neuter of the animals.

The staff felt close to the prison cats; adopting them into their own homes and the situation became better.

In 2009 the psychologist moved to a different prison with new challenges.

The doctor explains:

 They lived out on a huge yard; we call the East Yard – by my office. It’s a large grassy expanse with gophers, and what I found out was that these cats were actually
the foraging gophers.”

Another problem became evident once an inmate noticed a limping kitten on the prison grounds. After caring for the hurt kitten, he later explained to the staff that the kitten had been attacked by hawks. The following week,
the prison employees helped pay for the kitten’s recovery.

Unfortunately, the prison administration had to advise the staff and inmates not to care for these prison cats; due to liability issues.


Continued Right Column…

To help foster or adopt…

please call 949-759-3646 or consider helping with a monetary

continued from left…  

This decision makes it more difficult
for the prison staff to collaborate to
help the cats.  The prison captain
sympathizes with the animals, however
bound to his duty, he is forced to make
a difficult decision – enforcing a
no-cats rule.

The Animal Report has been asked to help by writing and publishing this piece and Community Animal Network will be overseeing the fostering program and the adoption as well as providing the customary veterinary medical (spay/neuter, blood testing, vaccinations, de-worm and microchips and treating any conditions such as ear mites). All rescued animals come with a 30 day health guarantee. Please call 949-759-3646 to help or email [email protected].

Foster Or Adoption Needed:  

Our available animals are friendly and in  need of new homes. Please adopt or foster to get involved to save lives.

Below is a list of prison cats that need your help.

Needing Fostering or New Homes:

  • One queen cat with 6 kittens
  • Two Kittens – one named Goldie, the other a Sylvester-type cat
  • 3 young female kittens (approx 4 months) – black/white mix

Not just California

It is documented throughout the nation, from the states of Montana, New York, Connecticut, and even provinces of Canada have feral cat colonies.

Many facilities conduct non-lethal approaches with countless unsung heroes that aid; contributing their time and effort to save these cats

Some inmates and staff are willing to openly help, while some turn a blind-eye.

Community Animal Network

P.O. Box 8662

Newport Beach, CA, 92658

To Help Memo Your Check,

“Prison Cats”

non-profit tax ID#  33-0971560

Meet Our Rescue Animals in the Caregivers Home Call 949-759-3646

Cat Trapping Tutorial

Public Relations For Animals

The Animal Network of Orange County

“Cat Trapping Tutorial”

Information Page:

Trapping – Spaying And Neutering
of Feral Cats and Stray Cats

– Written By DiAnna Pfaff-Martin From My Experience In Animal Rescue in Orange County, CA

There are “Vouchers” Available To Spay And Neuter Wild Untouchable Cats!

Be Prepared! don’t Be Turned Away! Wild and Untouchable Cats “Must” Arrive In “Traps” NOT Pet Carriers at Vet Hospitals Or Will Be Turned Away!

The Orange County Society For the Prevention Of Cruelty Of Animals

(most commonly known as OCSPCA)

will send “Vouchers” For Spay And Neuter of Feral Wild Untouchable Cats

OCSPCA Feral Cat Voucher Program 714-374-7738

Animal Assistance League of Orange County 714-978-7387

NOTE: No One Should Feed Cats Unless Trapping and Spaying and Neutering! Otherwise they Multiply!

A fertile cat will produce an average of three litters a year! In just seven years a fertile cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats! These figures point to a need for a more aggressive spay/neuter program within the United States.


Kittens Become Pregnant at 5 months old

Male Kittens Can Impregnate at 4 months of age

Female Cats Have An Average Of Five (5) Kittens In Litter

Female Cats Can Get Pregnant “Again” When They Are Nursing!

Kittens Suffer and Often Die From Flea Anemia, Cold and Heat When Born Outdoors

Feeders Can Be Cited By The County If Breeding Cats Are Deemed A Nuisance

County Officials Can Order The Cats Be Removed From The Property & You Face A Fine

An Individual Allowing Cats To Over Populate Can Be Cited For Animal Cruelty

Cat Colonies Suffer

Defining The Terms

Definition: Feral Cat (provided by Best Friends Catnippers L.A.

“Feral cats are the offspring of stray or abandoned pets, raised without human contact and living typically in colonies where food and shelter are available. They lead harsh lives, shortened by malnutrition, disease, trauma, and high kitten mortality. Feral cats are often seen as a public nuisance and make up a large portion of the animals euthanized by local control agencies.”

Defining The Terms

Definition: Stray Cat (Provided By Animal Network of O.C.

“A cat that has lived with humans and has become lost or abandoned is a stray cat. A stray cat may or may not have acclimated to life on the streets. Cats that do not acclimate are often found starving. A stray cat that has acclimated and survives can often be mistaken for a feral cat, as their behaviors have adjusted in order to survive leading them to run from humans, avoid touch and hide to protect themselves. Both stray and feral cats seek food and shelter and often live in groups with a hierarchy that is defined by levels of dominance. Cats that have lived outdoors for sometime may become unrecognizable to their owner because of muscle development and a thicker coat.

Author: DiAnna Pfaff-Martin, founder of Animal Network of Orange County, copyright 2006

Prepare To Trap

Try to get help from neighbors! Create a flyer!

Distribute the flyer on doorsteps. Meet and greet the neighbors. Tell them about trapping and releasing and educate them. Most people worry that harm will come to them so discuss that no harm will come to the animals and ask that no one else but you feed while the trapping goes on. A HUNGRY CAT WILL GO IN THE TRAPS!

Where there are stray and feral cats someone is feeding. Try to locate the feeder and ask for help. Sometimes they welcome the information about humane solution of “TNR” (trap neuter and release). However, beware that some will resist spaying and neutering as they like to see the babies and think it is natural.

Keep Them Hungry; a hungry cat WILL go in a trap!

“Buy” Or “Rent” Your Supplies:


We suggest purchasing the economy traps (32 x 10 x10) pictured below.

There Are Two Types “Basic” and “Transfer” Economy Traps

“Basic” Economy Raccoon / Feral Cat Trap

Purchase 1-5 for $41.75 each

Purchase 6+ For $38.27

Economy Raccoon / Feral Cat “Transfer” Trap

Purchase 1-5 for $55.66 each

Purchase 6+ For $52.19



2300 Newport Blvd

Costa Mesa, CA



14941 Jackson St

Midway City, CA 92655



1730 N. Lemon Street

Anaheim, CA 92801


Marking and Spotting Altered Cats

Ask the veterinarian thatDeveloped and well-managed colonies mark the animals that have been trapped, neutered and released by having the veterinarian at the time of spay or neuter cut the tip of the ear; this is called a notched ear . This simple ear notch signals the trapper to release any cat from the traps that has a notched ear. An ear notch simplifies the system and lowers costs and trauma to the animals.

O.C. Vet Hospitals That Alter Feral Cats

Few Hospitals Give Attention To Wild Untouchable Cats

Hospitals Assign Quota’s and Certain Days To Alter Feral Cats! Know the Days and Rules “BEFORE” You Trap!

The Animal Medical Center

(Every Wednesday Quota is 4 for the day)

16540 Harbor Blvd.

Fountain Valley, CA

(Harbor and Heil near Warner)


Golden State Humane Society (is not an animal shelter)

11901 Gilbert Street, Garden Grove, CA 92641


Animal Discount Clinic


Know the rules of each hospital and Days of Spay Neuter “BEFORE” You Trap!

Other Links

Click to Read “Animal Network’s” Information


“Taming Feral Kittens”

Northern California Feral Spay and Neuter

Fix Our Ferals offers free spay/neuter clinics for homeless cats. They have helped over 1000 east Bay residents to sterilize more than 3000 cats since we started in 1998.

Los Angeles Area Feral Spay and Neuter

FixNation, Inc. Operates a free full-time spay/neuter clinic for feral and homeless cats. Provides low-cost spay/neuter for tame cats.

Clinic Location
7680 Clybourn Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91352
818-524-2287 | [email protected]
Open Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.
Reservations are required.
DROP-OFF TIMES: 7am to 8:30am

T 818.524.2287
F 818.767.7791

Help Others! If You Know About Ferals: e-mail [email protected]
Always spay, neuter, microchip, collar and tag your pets.

Canned Pumpkin – A Natural Hairball Remedy

A simple holistic remedy for constipation that we like to recommend be used to flush the body of hairballs and stomach acid is canned pumpkin. Mix pumpkin with equal parts of “canned” kitten, or cat food once a week as a hairball remedy. Pumpkin may be used after adoption to rid your new pet of stomach acid from the stress of adoption day, a new environment, or a diet change.

Other reasons for diarrhea that require treatment are worms, or a bacterial infection. Your kitten has been wormed for roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms. However, veterinarians recommend a second treatment.

Purchase plain canned pumpkin (not the pie mix). To freeze for easy weekly distribution in 2-teaspoon portions: Disperse 2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin onto strips of saran wrap and twist them closed. (like wrapping candy) Place the dollops of saran wrapped pumpkin in a large baggy and store in the freezer. Each week remove one dollop of saran wrapped pumpkin, thaw and mix it with canned food for a morning and night feeding once a week.

Feline Vaccine Guidelines

The American Association of Feline Practitioners has created guidelines for vaccinating cats. A vaccine protocol should be based on your cat’s individual risks of exposure, and every cat does not need every vaccine every year. Vaccines can cause adverse reactions in certain animals and a very small percentage of cats develop tumors at sites of vaccines, so discuss your cat’s needs with your veterinarian. Even if your cat does not need a vaccine every year, an annual physical exam is needed to monitor the pet’s health and provide you with an opportunity to discuss any problems.


Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM of The Cat Care Clinic in Orange and author of “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to a Healthy Cat”and Guide To A Healthy Cat, Howell Book House © 2004 recommends initial vaccines for kittens at 6-8 weeks of age. Kitten vaccines are repeated every 21-30 days until the kitten is at least 12 weeks old. (See your newly adopted kitten’s health record for scheduling.) Your kitten will not be fully vaccinated until your series is completed.


This vaccine prevents Panleukopenia (kitty distemper, also know as kitty parvo) and lessens the severity of the cold viruses: rhinotraceitis (feline herpes) and calici virus. Dr. Wexler-Mitchell recommends the FRCP booster vaccine be given to both indoor and outdoor adult cats one year after finishing their kitten series and then once every three years. Protection provided by this vaccine has been shown to last at least three years.


(Feline Leukemia Virus Vaccine)

Feline specialist, Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM recommends blood testing all cats for FeLV and if negative, vaccinating kittens at 9-12 weeks, then one month later. Vaccination can be discontinued if the cat remains strictly indoors in the future.


The FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis) intranasal vaccine is not recommended routinely for any cats.

The rabies vaccine is recommended for any kittens or cats that go outdoors, where they could be exposed to wild animals carrying the virus) or have a tendency to bite humans. Rabies vaccination is currently not required by law for cats in Orange County .

Community Animal Network rescue cats and kittens have been blood tested for Feline Leukemia and Feline Immunodeficiency Viruses by a laboratory. If a cat could have had a recent exposure to either virus, a repeat test is recommended 4-6 weeks afterwards. (False negatives with the veterinary in-house testing almost never happen, but false positives can occur more frequently and should be confirmed with a laboratory test.)


However rare, they do occur. Symptoms can last 24 up to 48 hours. Mild reactions of lethargy and loss of appetite and tenderness at the injection site are the most common. More serious reaction symptoms could be vomiting, diarrhea, trembling, difficulty breathing and should be seen by a veterinarian.

P.S. Consider that “FIP” or “Rabies” vaccines are not recommended for indoor cats as it is unlikely they will be exposed to these. Unless your kitten is sick, there is really no need to see a veterinarian when you get booster shots for your kitten. Many vets offer vaccine clinics, which offer the shots at a significantly lower rate – so don’t forget to ask.