Covid-19 Vaccine for Cats (not The Onion)

A feline vaccine for COVID-19 could be available by the end of the year. “We are also concerned with vaccinating people, but we believe that any reservoir of the virus is one to be concerned about,” says James Hayward, CEO of Applied DNA Sciences, which will soon begin clinical trials of the new feline vaccine in New York. The company is working in partnership with Italy-based Takis Biotech, and has manufactured the first doses of a DNA-based vaccine for the trial. “It has never been demonstrated that cats can transfer the virus to humans. But even having been vaccinated, I think I would not want sleeping at my feet a reservoir of SARS-CoV.”

Will your cat need a COVID-19 vaccine?

Does anyone other than myself suspect a profit motive here?

Plague in Domestic Cats — Idaho, 2016 – MMWR

Cat-associated human plague cases, including fatalities, have been reported in the western United States since 1977 (3). Compared with dogs, cats are highly susceptible to plague illness and can transmit disease to humans directly through exposure to respiratory droplets and infectious body fluids associated with bites or scratches (1).

Source: Notes from the Field: Plague in Domestic Cats — Idaho, 2016 | MMWR

For all my cat loving readers.

Cat Allergy Depends on When You Get the Cat

With apologies to all cat lovers out there

Acquiring a cat as an adult can lead to allergies to cat dander; the risk is lower if one had a cat as a child but higher if allergies were already present.

via Medical News: Cat Allergy Depends on When You Get the Cat – in Allergy & Immunology, Allergy from MedPage Today.

Bottom Line:

If you have allergies, asthma, or never had a cat as a child, don’t get a cat.