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

Cat Teaching Kids to Box Or What?



Sorry the video above has been pulled. This one works (for the time being - 16th June 2014):

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This is a very odd cat video but then again lots of them are so it does not surprise me.  But what is going on?  The online newspapers say that this father of the kittens is teaching them how to fight like a boxer punching with his fists. That is a cute explanation but I am not sure that it is correct.  It would be extraordinary if it is correct because firstly the cat would have to learn how to box (!) and then decide that his kittens should also learn how to box or fight with their fists....not sensible ;)

Highly unlikely -  but I do remember a video of a cat watching boxers on television and he was copying them.

It is all rather mystifying but there may be something in the fact that the domestic cat is learning from the activities of his or her human caretaker.  Cats do learn by observation.  That is a pretty well-known fact by now.

The actions and the activity that this white cat have, on the face of it, nothing to do with normal cat activity and therefore he may well have learnt what he is doing from television or from the people with whom he lives.

Who knows?  Perhaps we should not even be bothered to think about it but simply enjoy the video instead.

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