Coronavirus And Cats: 5 Things To Know

No, you can’t get the new coronavirus or COVID-19 from your cat. And she can’t get it from you. But there are some things to know about the coronavirus and cats that could help keep both of you healthy. And yes, as Mom said at least once a day when you were a kid, wash your hands. Often.

Don't worry about coronavirus and cats.. It can't be transmitted from cats and dogs to humans.

They’re innocent! Cats and dogs can’t transmit the new coronavirus to humans.

So you read about the dog in China who tested positive for the new coronavirus, and now you’re eyeing your cat with suspicion and just a little bit of fear. But infected humans are not the cats’ fault! Numerous world and national health agencies say COVID-19 can’t be transmitted from cats and dogs to humans. You might be able to give it to your cat though. Not that she’ll get sick. 

Coronaviruses tend to be species-specific. So while the coronavirus and cats is probably not an issue for either of you, your cat has plenty of her own coronaviruses to worry about.

The New Coronavirus And Cats: Five Things To Do

While you can’t get COVID-19 from your cat, and it’s unlikely she’ll get it from you, the worldwide pandemic could disrupt her life almost as much as it disrupts yours. 

Here are five ways to lessen the impact of the coronavirus and cats. 

1. If your cat’s on medication, stock up. Most of our generic medications come from China, and there could be interruptions in the supply chain. Stock up on your own medications, too!

2. Also stock up on food and litter, again to protect against supply chain interruptions. My worry about coronavirus and cats is that the online retailers where I shop will need to close warehouses. 

3. Wash your hands before and after you touch your cat.

4. If she goes out, ask your neighbors to observe the same social distancing practices with her as they do with each other.

5. Be prepared. Line up a friend, neighbor or pet sitter to take care of your cat if you get sick. Also, put together a preparedness kit that includes detailed instructions for your cat’s care and her medical records. If you must care for her yourself, the American Veterinary Medical Association suggests wearing a face mask and not hugging or kissing the cat. And don’t forget to wash your hands before and after you touch her

Could A Cat Drug Help Humans With COVID-19?

For cats, the most dangerous coronavirus is the one that can mutate into FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis). Until recently, FIP was almost always deadly. But researcher and veterinarian Niels Pedersen found that the compound GS-441524 can cure FIP. Since it’s not yet available in the US, you have to order it from China.

GS-441524 is very similar to the human drug, Remdesivir, and Pederson is wondering if it could cure COVID-19. Both drugs work by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate.

Remdesivir is undergoing clinical trials in China and at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

But What About The Dog In China?

No one is quite sure why the Pomeranian in China tested weak positive for COVID-19. But scientists suspect he picked it up when his owner, who’s infected with the coronavirus touched him.

The virus sticks to surfaces, including, apparently, dog and maybe cat fur. So that’s why it’s worth repeating, once again, wash your hands before you touch your cat!

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New Test Predicts Kidney Disease In Cats

A new test uses artificial intelligence to predict kidney disease in cats two years before it occurs.

Could this cat have kidney disease? A new test uses AI to predict kidney disease in cats before it occurs.

A new test can predict kidney disease in cats before it occurs.

You could think of it as a high-tech crystal ball. RenalTech, a test from Antech Diagnostics, uses artificial intelligence to predict the likelihood of kidney disease in cats two years before it occurs.

Vets can use the test results to develop a personalized care plan that could keep the cat from going into kidney failure.

Studies show that one in three cats will develop kidney disease in their lifetimes. What makes it so dangerous is that it can be difficult to diagnose before it’s done significant damage to the kidneys.

Signs Of Kidney Disease In Cats

Spotify’s Playlists For Cats — Real Music To Cats’ Ears

Now your cat can have music purrsonalized just for him with one of Spotify’s playlists for cats.

Is this cat enjoying purrsonalized music from one of Spotify's playlists for cats?

Now your cat can enjoy music purrsonalized just for him from one of Spotify’s playlists for cats.

If your cat could make his own Spotify playlist, chances are it wouldn’t include Lizzo, Billie Eilish or even Mozart. But Spotify’s playlists for cats could be in perfect tune with what your cats like to hear.

It turns out that what’s music to humans’ ears is just noise, and sometimes an annoyance, to cats. If it’s too loud, it can actually be painful.

It also turns out that Spotify likes to listen to the numbers. When it discovered that 71 percent of people who live with companion animals play music for them, it launched its playlists for cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and iguanas.

Not that Spotify’s ignoring people who live with birds, fish or snakes. Birds, of course, make their own music. And snakes and fish don’t hear music of any kind.

Spotify’s Playlists For Cats Tune In On The Way Cats Hear

 

New Apps For Cats | CarePods & A Litter Box That Uses AI

Snapping a picture of your cat while he’s taking care of business in the litter box may not be high on your list of things you want to do. But Hachi Tama, a Japanese startup, thinks it should be. And its app for cats will take the picture for you. Among the other new apps for cats is one that lets you monitor your cat as she flies, all by herself in a CarePod, on Delta Airlines.

Most cats don't have access to a smart phone like this one does. But if you do, you can monitor your cat's litter box usage with a new app for cats.

Is this cat checking his litter box usage with a new app for cats?

If there’s room for still more apps for cats on your phone, here’s one worth having. Toletta, a litter box that uses the Internet of Things and AI, monitors your cats’ contributions to the box and sends updates to your phone. That may not be what you want to see in the middle of your lunch hour, but at least you don’t have to wonder who just did what. The update includes a picture of the contributing cat’s face.

Although you’d probably rather not look at it too closely, your cats’ litter box can tell you a lot about their health. Clumps of litter that are smaller than normal could be a sign that a cat is having trouble passing urine. Larger than normal clumps could indicate hyperthyroidism, diabetes or kidney disease. Diarrhea … well, that could be just about anything, from nothing to worry about to irritable bowel disease or lymphoma.

Banfield And VCA Say No To Declawing Cats

Perhaps Banfield Pet Hospitals and VCA saw the handwriting (claw marks) on the wall. The huge vet clinic chains, both owned by Mars Petcare, now prohibit declawing cats. This is great news for the cats in their practices because all paws come with claws for a reason, and there are many ways to keep cats with claws from shredding the furniture. 

 

Declawing cats isn't necessary to keep them from scratching you furniture like this one is.

If your cat is scratching your furniture, there are many alternatives to declawing

Now in the It’s Long Overdue Category: Banfield Pet Hospitals and VCA have both stopped declawing cats. Banfield published its new policy statement on declawing, except for medical reasons in January. VCA stopped declawing early this month.  

“Current evidence does not support the use of elective declawing surgery as an alternative to relinquishment, abandonment, or euthanasia,” Banfield says in its policy statement. But it’s possible the huge chains of vet clinics saw the claw marks on the wall, too. Banfield’s policy statement also points out that several of the jurisdictions where it has hospitals ban declawing cats

Declawing is illegal in New York State. And California, New Hampshire, Maryland and New Jersey are working on statewide declaw bans. Some of the cities that ban declawing include Denver and West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica and Berkeley in California. 

Countries that ban declawing include England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Australia and New Zealand.

Declawing Cats Is More Than A Manicure

Hemp Oil For Cats | An Impurrfect Solution?

Hemp oil for cats or CBD may be the current big thing. But new research shows it might not be all that good for them.

New research shows hemp oil for cats, like this long-haired beauty, could affect their blood chemistry.

Are you using hemp oil for cats or CBD? It could be affecting you cat’s blood chemistry.

So you’ve heard all the buzz about the wonders of CBD, or hemp oil for cats, to help with everything from anxiety to cancer. But it turns out that no one has ever really researched the correct dose of hemp oil for cats. And now, new research shows it might not be all that good for them. The Food and Drug Administration isn’t exactly high on hemp either. 

ElleVet Sciences, a company that makes CBD oil-infused treats and other supplements, did the study in collaboration with other researchers.

Study Shows Hemp Oil For Cats Needs More Research