A MERSEYSIDE animal centre says it has been forced to stop taking in cats after an outbreak of a potentially lethal virus.
Around 40 kittens and cats have already been lost this year to panleukopenia – or feline parvo virus – at the RSPCA’s Animal Centre in Cross Lane, Wallasey.
After another outbreak, bosses have now been forced to stop taking in strays temporarily in a bid to prevent the virus – which has symptoms similar to poisoning – from spreading further.
Branch manager Peter Hattam said the cattery at the centre could not take in any other cats for at least two weeks, or until it was clear of the virus.
He said: “Unfortunately this is the second outbreak of this virus at the cattery this year.
“Sadly, we have lost around 40 kittens/cats this year to this virus.”