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Fri, Dec 11 | By Gabrielle Jonas | 113

Three cats in two continents have contracted the influenza A from the H1N1 virus, the American Veterinary Medical Association reported Thursday. In all three cases, their owners had themselves suffered from flu-like symptoms or been infected with th… more ›

Cats may be Contracting H1N1 Virus from Owners
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Debby
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Debby
4 years ago

This is horrible. not only is it a nasty thing but it is between people, dogs and cats.. so sad

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i hope they areworking on a vacination for cats too

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Hokyung K.
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Hokyung K.
4 years ago

Recently, I bought new dog and cat food. I feel much safer after checking that my babies look for new, delicious food I just got for them. We have to keep checking whether babies have any unusual symptoms

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Gail S.
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Gail S.
4 years ago

Dogs are also catching H1N1 from humans. It is important for pet owners to bring sick pets to a Vetrinarian. I see many posts about people who don't have the money to bring their pet to a Vet. Good pet nutrition and medical care is important for pets.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

there have always been certain things that could cross the sprcies line

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di
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di
4 years ago

It really questions the old farce about people and animals transmitting diseases between each other. I agree that infected or sick people should do all to prevent the spread of the flu, wash hands, stay isolated, and now, stay away from your pet when you are sick. A good diet and vaccination of pets helps. We always take our shoes off at the door, and have house shoes worn in the house to help prevent such disease as parvo, which we vaccinate, and anything else that might spread by contact. Overall phylo idea, is you can not live in a bubble, nore our animals, so we must take the best of care in preventing the spread of illnesses, however the germs will be. hate touching the shopping cart and placing my food in it....distgusting to see how it is used, kids placed in them with their shoes, out side in the weather and how ever else one sees the dirty thing....not paranoid either.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

This morning I heard that a dog was confirmed with H1N1 contracted from his/her owner.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

yes i saw that too thankyou lindsey for this info

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

It's interesting that both cats that died were older animals and the one that survived was younger. Kind of follows what's being said about humans - that children and seniors are at higher risk.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

the path it is following is just too close

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Gregory H.
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Gregory H.
4 years ago

This is very sad especially for the pets not on the proper diet. However I think like humans if the pets are on a proper diet then thei immune system will be strong enough to handle it.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is a very helpful sugeston. thank you

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Gregory H.
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Gregory H.
4 years ago

Thanks there are so many things that is done today to bring down the immune system. Our pets immune system is strong if we give it the opportunity to be strong. I know dogs that have lived up to 30 years and died of old age with the proper diet.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i had 2 cats that lived into their 20s. with good eyesite and teeth. at that point i think we think we will have them forever

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i had 2 cats that lived well into their 20's i guess i was doing something right

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Good point. Good nutrition is certainly important when it comes to keeping immunity strong and fighting disease - both for people and animals.

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Hgcuddles
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Hgcuddles
4 years ago

ah... this is great information but very sad.

i would be very sad if I or any of my family or my dogs got it =/

i wish the best of luck to everyone too!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i can't even imagine how i would feel.

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Dstrode09
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Dstrode09
4 years ago

Great information, glad to know that cats also can contract the H1N1 virus. I just got vaccinated yesterday for H1N1, so at least my cats will be protected from catching it from me. And will keep my pets away from anyone else that may be ill with any virus. Scary that our pets can catch our illnesses to.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i also finally got mine yesterday

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jane w.
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jane w.
4 years ago

I guess this is a good reason why people should get vacinated for H1N1. It is not just for you but your pets too!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i am getting my shot this afternoon

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Not only getting the vaccine, but it is also important to remember good hand washing and, as the article stated, to let someone else care for your pets and keep a distance if you are ill.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Great comment Kris.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Thank you! I can't count the number of times we hear about hand washing at work.

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Denise L.
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Denise L.
4 years ago

This is frightening & I believe all this wouldn't be happening if antibiotics weren't overprescribed or added to livestock feed (which makes us immune to the antibiotics, requiring stronger prescriptions...making it a vivious cycle). i also feel that flu vaccines makes matters worse (many people still get sick, they don't prevent all flu strains & flu viruses mutate).

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

I agree. I've worked in hospitals and clinics for 30 years - people want antibiotics for everything and unfortunately many doctors give them just to pacify their patients. Then people stop taking the antibiotics when they feel better (not finishing the full course to make sure the infection is cured).

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
4 years ago

That is really sad and scary. I'll be watching my cats even more closely.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i think we need to watch all our pets very carefully

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

I agree, Daryl. It is important to watch for any signs of illness in our pets.

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

I recently had my dog vaccinated for the H3N8 because he is going to stay in a kennel for a little while. I'm not sure about the H1N1, though...

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i think just as most kennels require updated rabies shots this should also be a requirnment. good for you

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Do you vaccinate Harry for Bordetella (kennel cough) when you board him?

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Lilyrose
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Lilyrose
4 years ago

Yes...he gets that one updated every year. The H3N8 is a new vaccine for him.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Glad that you're protecting our Harry !

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

I've always believed that our pets can contract our illnesses.

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Kris
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Kris
4 years ago

Me, too. At least certain ones like the flu.

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Julie
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Julie
4 years ago

Since i am a nurse also and work in internal medicine clinic (which we have alot of diversity with pt's) I think that we become carriers and then bring this stuff home to our families, incl. our furkids..

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Julie--I really question this article. Something seems amiss.

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Julie
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Julie
4 years ago

Let me re-read it again... I know in general we could possible be carriers. but i take off my uniform clothes the minute i'm in the door....
They also get washed separtely from street clothes.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I made a couple of comments below that further explain my concerns.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

when i worked at a pet store i also took off my cloths in the hallway so i didn't bring anything in to my cats or birds. no dogs at the time

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

julie i think you are right. the same as school kids bring everything home from school

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Julie
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Julie
4 years ago

They are real "germ magnets"

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

I did always wonder if we could pass our germs to our pets and I guess it is true !

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

that is so true. i bet a lot of people didn't even know

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

I had always heard that humans and animals didn't "share" diseases. Now we know better.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

most things don't cross the species line but there are a few that do. i am always worried about my birds

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Ragdollkitties
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Ragdollkitties
4 years ago

This is a very informative article. I learned a lot from it and I hope other cat owners do too. Knowing what symptoms to look for is very helpful. It seems that prompt medical attention for a cat with H1N1 is crucial.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i think it would be a good idea after reading this article to ask the vet which ill can cross the line by what type of pet we have

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Lisa B.
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Lisa B.
4 years ago

I just had the flu and I was so scared I wouldn´t pet my cat without washing my hands first and waiting to snuggle until I was well. I just had ordinary flu, but one can never be too careful. Who knew what type of flu it was at the time. All I knew is I felt miserable.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

That's just a good rule in all cases. I learned years ago that my son and I were much less likely to pass colds and flu to each other if we were very rigid about handwashing. Every time I would sneeze or blow my nose, I scrubbed and rarely passed anything on to him.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

when i had bronchitis i would not let my birds anywhere near my face. i also tried to keep them away from me

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

If it is H1N1 it really tends to make me nervous. This is what is referred to as a "reverse zoonose". What I am starting to question--is the H1N1 virus mutating such that our pets are affected? Prevoiusly, the H1N1 virus was not a threat to pets--now.... Makes you think.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

It is something to think about. I can't remember ever hearing about pets catching illnesses from their owners. There are lots of infections that are becoming antibiotics resistant. This may be another example of that.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

Hi Linda. Yes, animals can catch diseases from humans. These diseases are called "reverse zoonoses". A zoonose is a disease that humans get from animals and can be of bacterial, parasitic, fungal or viral. What pokes at my interest with this article is the assumption earlier on with H1N1 that pets couldn't catch it from humans--now they are saying something different. Is it mutating this fast? If it is mutating then how affective is the vaccine that are being given to Humans? These are only a few questions that I pose to CDC in Georgia.

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Linda B.
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Linda B.
4 years ago

Interesting. I agree this whole thing is a little scary.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

pegggy noe you are making me wonder about the vacine. i am getting it tomorrow

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Excellent info Peggy, thank you.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

this article make me wonder if an animal can pass it on to us.

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Peggy W.
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Peggy W.
4 years ago

I'm a little skeptical of the information given with this article. Up at the top of the article it mentions that 3 cats contracted influenzae A virus from H1N1. H1N1 is an "A" influenzae virus. Something seems amiss--not sure whether there is writer misinformation or what. I'm wondering if it is a form similar to H1N1 and is part of the "A" flu???

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

The ASAP (or STAT!) is the best advice. However, I wonder how many "sick" pet owners wait too long, precisely because they don't feel well themselves.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

Isn't it also possible that the cats are the FIRST to get sick, and then pass it on to their parents? The parents might THINK their cats got sick after they did, but cats are notorious for hiding their symptoms.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

It's possible. I have had about 5 cats with some sneezing going on, but I'm pretty sure it is upper respiratory and not lower respiratory. None of the humans have had any colds or upper respiratory problems. One cat has a sneezing fit with about 20 sneezes in quick succession. If he continues, then I will take him to the vet to make sure his lungs are clear and it hasn't become lower respiratory.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

how sad that we can kill our animals with our illnesses

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i think most animals hid there sicknesses. it is self preservation.birds are very bad about doing it

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Shay E.
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Shay E.
4 years ago

I agree Daryl

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Bowne
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Bowne
4 years ago

This is very sad. I guess everyone needs to be aware that this virus can affect our pets as well.

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Kadiquilts
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Kadiquilts
4 years ago

"Social Distancing" doesn't really seem like an option when you are a pet owner. Most dogs and cats want to be near you when you are sick. This is very scary to me.

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Michele Z.
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Michele Z.
4 years ago

How TRUE! My cats just like to snuggle, whether sick or well--but especially if I'm in bed longer than usual.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

even my boys like to be right in my face snuggeling. if i chase them their feelings are hurt

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Have you infected your kitties with your upper respiratory infection yet? Bet you are that carrier of H1N1!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i am really surprised that this can cross the species line. very sad

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Daryl, see my journal about the H1N1 I wrote on Nov. 4th. I think you will like the picture, also.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

i will go and look

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Keeping away from your pets isn't practical, especially when they want to be near you and up in your face. People with older cats should be very vigilant. The one poor cat died in a day even with treatment.

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L M.
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L M.
4 years ago

What a sad, sad situation.

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Momba
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Momba
4 years ago

Cats getting the H1N1 virus from their owners is not a new story. I did a journal about it Nov. 4th. I do like the fact that this article listed the symptoms to look for when a cat gets sick, though. Thank you for that.

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
4 years ago

yes maybe with this list of symptoms we can get them to the vet in time.

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jackie
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jackie
4 years ago

this is very scary since my kitties are 14 and 18

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

I know, that would be scary for you. The one cat that died the same day that she got treatment was from PA. In humans, the H1N1 seems to be far more prevalent in the younger population with kids not usually having too severe symptoms, although many young kids have died from H1N1 in the US.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

The PA cat died within 3 days of treatment and vet care. The OR cat died the same day as treatment was sought.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

OK, I only read through this article quickly, but this is a photo of Danis's Drax and Loki! When I saw the photo of 2 cats that I recognized, I thought the article was that these particular 2 cats got the H1N1 flu. The 3 cats that have died were from Oregon and Colorado. Hey, Danis, did you "courteously" provide this photo or knew zootoo was going to use it? I hope the H1N1 flu isn't in your house. I don't know if I'd like my cats photo associated with this article. Yikes! I was alarmed that Danis's cats were ill.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Sorry, 2 cats have died--one from OR and one from PA. Also a French cat got H1N1 but recovered. 2 CO cats got H1N1 but are expected to recover. Ferrets have also contracted H1N1. Dogs have a different influenza A strain, not H1N, that has been found in cats.

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DevilDawg
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DevilDawg
4 years ago

Photo credit was given to Danis.....but it was frightening to see them there.

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Yes, Danis didn't know this photo would appear with this news article. I sent her a pm to let her know and that when I first saw the photo of her cats with this article, that I instantly thought her cats had the flu.

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Danis
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Danis
4 years ago

I guess I should've commented awhile back! None of my kitties have H1N1...neither do I or Bill! They must've just liked my photo:)

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Debra B.
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Debra B.
4 years ago

Yeah, no word from you made us all think the flu!

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