Domestic cats and dogs may have to be vaccinated in the future against Covid-19 to protect people

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This is a quick note but one worth making nonetheless. I think I can predict that in the long term, perhaps in about 18 months to 2 years time, governments in various countries, perhaps predominantly in the West, will be thinking about vaccinating companion animals as a second phase protective measure against Covid-19.  This is because there is a concern amongst some scientists that animals may create a reservoir for mutant variants of the Covid-19 virus. As the virus is zoonotic it can theoretically and actually be transmitted from animals to people and this must apply also to companion animals. Danish mink farmer with white mink due to be euthanised. Photo per credit Perhaps because of the general panicked nature of governmental responses to the coronavirus pandemic, not enough work has been done on this aspect of the spread of the disease. In addition nobody wants to alarm anybody which may lead to companion animal abuse. In fact, in China, at the outset of the pandemic, there were

Black Cat Rehabilitation

The black cat has been out of favor since medieval times! The time of witches and witch's familiars! The church of the time in all its prejudice and ignorance declared the cat evil. And since those days there has been a lot of prejudice against the black cat. The black cat is unlucky or lucky in some places which right away tells us how illogical the whole black cat superstitions are.

You can read more about black cat superstitions and prejudices towards the cat on these pages:
We have Halloween coming up in October. Historically, some black cats get hurt at this time. You can see the connection.

Even at a basic level some people believe the black cat to be unlucky. This as mentioned harks back to medieval times.

Others might simply say that the black has a boring appearance. But that is not really fair. The black cat coat can look incredibly slick and shinny. It certainly looks fantastic on the Bombay cat, a purebred cat that has to be black and no other color.

What is not commonly realised is that the black cat is considered more healthy in general than cats of other coat types and colours.

This is not a fiction. It is rooted in science and critical observation. Wildcats are sometimes melanistic and it has been observed that they are more disease resistant. More work needs to be done but it appears that black cats are disease resistant. This page has a look at the issues.

So, I ask you to rehabilitate the black cat. Bring him and her to favor once again. Treat all black cats the same as other cats. Rescue centers kill more black cats than other types for the reasons as stated - they are less popular. If you are an adult, black cat at a rescue facility you probably have a much higher chance of being killed (euthanised - a euphemism) than all other cats.

Let us reverse that long standing trend. I have a pure black cat called Charlie. He has three legs. He is big and noisy. He likes his food and he lets me know about it. I love him.


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