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

The Cat at Number 10

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The cat at number 10 Downing Street, London, England is called "Larry" (as at October 2011). He is a four year old tabby and white rescue cat selected from the world famous Battersea Dogs and Cats Home for his hunting skills. Larry comes from the streets of London.

It was decided to employ him after a rat was seen scampering across the front door in full view of the cameras!

There have been many "Chief Mousers to the Cabinet Office". Before Larry there was Humphrey. The home of the Prime Minister was vetted as suitable before Larry was allowed to live there! Great stuff.

It is nice that a rescue cat was employed. And it is nice that a cat is showing his worth as a working animal. Many people see the dog as a working animal and the cat as an ornament. This is not necessarily the case. The wild cat was first domesticated for his mousing skills. The Maine Coon was first a semi-feral farm cat. These are the origins of the domestic cat; very much a utility farm animal.


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