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Euthanasia of cats in BSE positive farms?
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies affect a number of mammalian species. The most common spongiform encephalopathies are scrapie in sheep and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. Feline Spongiform Encephalopathy (FSE) is a related disorder in domestic cats. Is there a scientific reason to euthananize the cats on BSE positive farms?

Because of the link between BSE and FSE, cats are put on a par with cattle, in terms of politics and regulations. In the Netherlands, when a case of BSE is found on a farm, not only the ruminants, but also the cats are taken away for post-mortem examination.

So far, the cats examined have always been negative for FSE. There are no scientific reasons for destroying the cats on farms where BSE has been found.

Source: Oomkes C, van Knapen F (2001): Cows, cats, and FSE: death penalty justified? In:
Vet Q 2001 Jan;23(1):51-2






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