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

Committed and Dedicated Cat Hoarding!

This lady went the extra mile in her cat hoarding.  She rented 2 apartments and in the apartments were 70 cats but not her!  She lived somewhere else.  She rented apartments for her cats. Unfortunately she failed to cope as usual and the cats were in a poor state as is almost invariably the case with cat hoarders.

The online newspaper where the story comes from says the woman turned her apartments into giant sized litter boxes! That gives a very clear idea what the apartments looked like. The cats and the very young kittens lived amongst their faeces and urine - many were covered in fleas etc.

She actually lived in the apartments at one time but moved out two months ago realising that it had all gone wrong and then very rationally she sought help from the local authorities. That single step indicates that cat hoarders are not always (if ever) crazy cat ladies.

There are some ladies who simply want to help but get in over their head. Nearly always they are unable to look at what they're doing objectively and even believe that what they're doing is good for the cats when quite clearly it is not. It starts off well and ends up a disaster when the number of cats become such that they lose control completely.

This lady simply provided food and water and nothing else which is clearly completely inadequate but at least she realised it. The address where the cats lived within 2 apartments is: four-plexes at 8208 Everton Ave, KANSAS CITY, MO.

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