The presence of cats in urban environments has a long history. In Italy, stray cats are protected by national and regional laws, and programs of neutering and reintroduction to colonies are ongoing. Colony cats have been widely studied from a behavioral perspective, while surveys regarding their causes of death are limited, although they may provide relevant information related to public health and cat welfare. This retrospective study provides pathological descriptions and sta-tistical analyses of the causes of death of 186 cats from 100 colonies in the city of Milan. Inflammatory processes represent the primary cause of death (37.7%) and include common feline infectious diseases such as feline panleukopenia (67.5%), particularly in kittens, and feline infectious peritonitis (32.5%), most common in adult cats. Trauma was found to be a common cause of death of young/adult cats (14%) with a generally good body condition, while severe parasitosis was less represented (2.6%). The death of old cats was statistically associated with organ failure (24.7%), particularly renal failure, and tumors (11.8%). Knowledge of the most common causes of death of colony cats could make an important contribution to the health monitoring of these cats and sanitary control of their habitats and provide information on possible related emerging animal welfare concerns.

Causes of death in stray cat colonies of Milan: A five-year report / V. Grieco, P. Crepaldi, C. Giudice, P. Roccabianca, G. Sironi, E. Brambilla, S. Magistrelli, G. Ravasio, F. Granatiero, A. Invernizzi, M. Caniatti. - In: ANIMALS. - ISSN 2076-2615. - 11:11(2021 Nov 19), pp. 3308.1-3308.14. [10.3390/ani11113308]

Causes of death in stray cat colonies of Milan: A five-year report

V. Grieco
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P. Crepaldi
Secondo
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C. Giudice
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P. Roccabianca;G. Sironi;E. Brambilla;G. Ravasio;M. Caniatti
Ultimo
2021

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The presence of cats in urban environments has a long history. In Italy, stray cats are protected by national and regional laws, and programs of neutering and reintroduction to colonies are ongoing. Colony cats have been widely studied from a behavioral perspective, while surveys regarding their causes of death are limited, although they may provide relevant information related to public health and cat welfare. This retrospective study provides pathological descriptions and sta-tistical analyses of the causes of death of 186 cats from 100 colonies in the city of Milan. Inflammatory processes represent the primary cause of death (37.7%) and include common feline infectious diseases such as feline panleukopenia (67.5%), particularly in kittens, and feline infectious peritonitis (32.5%), most common in adult cats. Trauma was found to be a common cause of death of young/adult cats (14%) with a generally good body condition, while severe parasitosis was less represented (2.6%). The death of old cats was statistically associated with organ failure (24.7%), particularly renal failure, and tumors (11.8%). Knowledge of the most common causes of death of colony cats could make an important contribution to the health monitoring of these cats and sanitary control of their habitats and provide information on possible related emerging animal welfare concerns.
Cat; Causes of death; Colony cats; Feline infectious peritonitis; Feline panleukopenia; Parasites; Renal failure; Stray cats; Trauma
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Settore AGR/17 - Zootecnica Generale e Miglioramento Genetico
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