Enough with this Bourdain guy. We’ve got a serious issue to discuss. A cat caught H1N1 from his owners.
The family in Iowa wishes to remain anonymous, so the cat is unnamed, but he’s a 16-pound orange tabby who’s described as “large-framed but not chubby.” He’s an only pet and never goes outside.
After three of his four humans had flu-like symptoms, the normally friendly cat stopped eating, drinking, and grooming, threw up, and assumed the meatloaf position.
Clearly, he was feeling BAD.
When the American Veterinary Medical Association reported this illness, they ended with, “To date, there is no evidence that the cat passed the virus to any people.”
The vet who treated the cat said the only way he could have caught H1N1 was from his peeps bringing the virus to him.
Why do people always try to lay the blame on the animals?
Don’t get me wrong. Cats love humans, but we must draw a line at sharing your diseases.
- If you’re sick, don’t cough or sneeze on us.
- Wash your hands before petting us. If you leave germs on our fur, someone else pick them up, catches the flu, and we take the rap.
- Wash our bowls daily in hot, soapy water, and keep your paws off our food. Use utensils. You’ve got thumbs.
- Keep our fresh water coming, and don’t drink or wash your hands in it.
I’m happy to report that the Iowa cat didn’t become a statistic. He recovered with fluids and antibiotics and is back in his window watching squirrels.