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

Houses built with cats in mind

I have a dream but it's about cats and how we should tailor our houses to accommodate our domestic cat companions. They are, after all, family members. When a new house is built no consideration is given to that little family member that gives us so much joy.

Is there a reason why house builders cannot integrate into house design the facility to add a cat enclosure at a later date or at the time of build? The cat enclosure need not be there at the time of build but an allowance within the design of the house should make it easy to add one. In fact such a design feature should be obligatory under house building regulations. Think of the impact it would have on reducing homeless cats. Something would be done about the so called feral cat problem. Feral cats start out as stray domestic cats or the offspring of them, on way or another. I think we have to think out of the box a bit more in dealing with homeless cats.

A good cat enclosure provides safety and stimulation for the cat and peace of mind for the person. It's a win, win situation.

In the photograph below we can see how one family has built a very substantial and effective modification to their house to let their cat have some safe fun outside. The exit and entrance to the cat enclosure goes through a window. What the house builder could have done is to provide a removable panel in the side of the house to which could be affixed a tunnel of standard design leading to a cat enclosure if and when the house owner wanted to avail themselves of that facility.


cat walkway to a cat enclosure

This walkway was commissioned by Pamela J Forlines and the white cat is called Mr Snowman. Gosh, he will love that. It actually looks pretty attractive too.

See a house built around the cat.

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