We at Dragon's Eye Productions we have always been supportive of animal rights, environmental and habitat conservation, the sponsoring of animals via local zoos or research programs, and individuals taking the initiative to better the lives of endangered species.
In the summer of 2003 we got some unfortunate and unexpected news about
one of our cats - Peaches, our orange tabby. We felt that during the
Festival of the Sun, honoring the Prime of Felines and in fond memory of Peaches, we should do our part to raise awareness of an incurable viral disease that threatens the lives of millions of domestic cats, each year -- Feline Leukemia.
was diagnosed with Feline Leukemia on August 25th, 2003. It is
believed that she had the disease for several years, since
before she was adopted as a kitten from the Humane Society.
Nearly 40% of felines that are exposed to Feline Leukemia do not
contract the disease, while another 30% are only carriers, and
never get the symptoms. But still, it claims the lives of more
cats than any other disease. Don't leave your cat unprotected -
everyone should get their cats tested and vaccinated against
this disease, if you haven't already! Spread the word to friends
and family as well. Cats that are allowed outdoors especially
need to be vaccinated, as they're much more likely to be exposed
to the virus. Even if your cat does test positive, if you find
out early enough you may be able to help them live longer by
improving their diet and taking other precautions. Some cats
have been known to live ten years or more with the virus.
One piece of good news - our other two cats, M'rill and Felorin,
have been tested, and both came up negative for Feline Leukemia.
Yes, we named them after the Prime, and after "that cat you
know". Both of them should be able to live long and healthy
lives. We'll probably get another kitten soon too, it's always
nice to have a new kitten around the house, for that short but
special time when they're extra cute, small, playful, and silly.
For those who want to learn more, we've provided you with a
chance to discover more information about this particular
disease, along with a few interesting links: