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

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

Submissive Cat Body Language

Submissive cat body language should be distinguished from defensive body language. When a cat is submissive in the presence of a more confident and perhaps aggressive cat, he or she will crouch low to look as small as possible. The ears will be flattened.

Conversely, when defensive the cat will attempt to look as large as possible. The fur stands erect (piloerection), the back is arched, the legs stand tall and the cat presents sideways on to look larger (maximum body area is presented to the other cat).

A defensive cat will also flatten the ears and have them pointed backwards. This is probably a throwback to the wildcat as it presents the white eye spot on the back of the ear flap to the aggressor. This is a form of visual communication to say that the cat means business.

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