You’ve heard the news over and over about the pandemic of the H1N1 virus, and how many humans are infected with it. Yesterday, a 13-year-old house cat was reported as the first confirmed case in a household animal.
The cat had a loss of appetite, lethargy, coughing, and sneezing. The owners experienced the same symptoms earlier. This led professionals to believe that the cat had contracted the illness from contact with the humans. The cat was treated with fluids for dehydration and antibiotics.
There have been cases of avian flu in household and zoo cats, as well as a similar flu in dogs. But, none have been confirmed as having the human virus. As with any viral infections, the virus mutates rapidly, making it tougher to combat over time. But, that doesn’t mean we should worry. It just means the professionals will be studying yet another strain as usual.
This means that you should limit contact with your pets as well as your other mammals in the house to help slow the spread. No more wiping your nose in the nice soft coat of the smaller mammals in your household.