Infectious diseases in shelter situations and their management

In shelter situations, infectious diseases are difficult to prevent and control, thus, they spread quickly.

In addition, shelters are unstable biological environments; not only are disease outbreaks frequent, but new pathogens may emerge or virulent variants of endemic pathogens may occur, as a result of rapid transmission cycles and consequent evolution and selection of infectious agents, such as viruses and bacteria.

Our partner ABCD guidelines describe the most important factors to minimise and/or prevent the spread of infectious agents:

  • How long should cats arriving in shelters be quarantained?
  • For which diseases should they be tested?
  • Which disinfectants should be used on the premises?

Find out more in our partner guidelines, on the management and prevention of infectious diseases in cat shelters.

Find more about shelter management in our scientific library and on the specific CAROcat shelter page.