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Feral Cats may carrie diseases or wound, call a animal control or wildlife service to trap and have these animals tested and treated. for the following:
Abscess: A puncture wound that closes over on the surface of the skin while infection spreads below the surface. If an abscess opens, you will notice blood, pus, and a bad smell. Otherwise you may see a lump under the fur anywhere on the body. An untreated abscess can spread infection throughout the body.
Ear mites: Microscopic parasites that irritate and inflame the ear.
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV): Feline diseases of the immune system. FIV is transmitted cat-to-cat via biting, and FeLV is transmitted cat-to- cat via saliva or from mother to kitten. Many cats remain asymptomatic while in others, secondary infections may develop. FIV and FeLV affect less than 2-4% of the feral cat population-lower than in domestic pet cats. By stopping breeding and fighting, spaying/neutering further reduces the incidence of these diseases.
Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP): A viral disease, which many cats (domestic and feral) are exposed to but that few develop. There is no reliable test or vaccine.
Flea allergy: Some cats have a severe allergic response to fleabites, resulting in hair loss, scabs, and/or severe itching. In most cases, eliminating fleas greatly reduces symptoms. Flea infestation in kittens can also lead to life-threatening anemia.
Lice: You may notice the eggs, which look like sawdust but cannot be brushed off the kitten's fur. Lice often requires repeated treatment with special shampoos available from your veterinarian.
Ringworm: A fungal skin infection. A veterinarian should check suspicious lesions. When handling a cat suspected of having ringworm, you should wear gloves.
Distemper (Feline Panleukopenia): Distemper is relatively rare in feral cats-most have developed a natural immunity. Most cat vaccinations include a component to prevent distemper.
Roundworms and tapeworms: Intestinal parasites. Some cats are asymptomatic, or you may notice worms in cat droppings.
Upper respiratory infection (URI): A viral infection similar to the flu in humans. Symptoms may include nose and/or eye discharge, noisy breathing, and/or sneezing. URI can lead to secondary infections and in some cases can become life threatening if untreated.
People get fleaborne typhus from an infected flea. Most fleas defecate while biting; the feces of infected fleas contain the bacteria that cause the disease. The bacteria enter the body at the time of the bite wound or from scratching of the bite area. It is possible to get typhus by inhaling contaminated, dried flea feces. However, this method of transmission is not as common as transmission from a biting flea.