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

Asian Golden Cat Diet

Muntjac - Photo by Wm Jas

The Asian golden cat diet consists of the following prey items:
  • birds
  • lizards
  • large rodents
  • hares
  • mammals to the size of small deer
  • new born water buffalo calves
  • domestic poultry
  • sheep
  • goats
  • muntjac
  • snake
  • squirrel

This cat can kill large prey. The prey obviously depends on the area. Its range extends from Sumatra in the south to central and northern China in the north of its range.

Sources: (1) Small Wildcats ISBN 0-531-11965-3 and (2) Wild Cats of the World ISBN-13: 978-0-226-77999-7


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