STDs on the rise among cats

EDITOR’S NOTE: is partnering with the “iPadJournos” mobile and social media journalism project at VCU’s School of Mass Communications. Students from the project reported the following story.

By Lesli White and Scott Wyant (Special to

RICHMOND, Va — When dropping off your cat at a veterinary clinic, you probably wouldn’t expect it to come home with a sexually transmitted disease. But that’s exactly what happened to the cat of VCU student Jessica Foley.

A few weeks after the doctor’s visit, Foley noticed something wasn’t quite right with her cat Sunny.

“He wasn’t able to eat well. He was becoming emaciated. I could see his spinal column. I could see his ribs,” Foley said.

At the time, she didn’t know her cat had contracted feline herpes, a virus similar to genital herpes in humans.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it is one…

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