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Swine Flu in Cats

Kevin Song Period 2

Summary: It already seems pretty chaotic around the country just protecting humans from the H1N1 virus. However, be aware that you and your children are not the only ones who can recieve H1N1. A family of two who lives in Iowa also has a pet cat, somehow contracted the virus from the cat's owners. Symptoms that were seen in the cat were: Lethargecy, loss of appetite, and trouble breathing. Even though all 3 of them have recovered, search engines such as google, yahoo and others have increased searches of "swine flu in cats" up by a whopping 400%! If you are worried about your pet then you can read up on the links provided on the main article.

 

Link to main article:

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/93160?fp=1

 

How this relates to social studies:

Many of our past posts on current events have been talking about the H1N1 virus´╝îand if people find that very important to social studies and the health of themselves, also that many of us have pets ranging from mouses and fish to dogs and cats. So, this article is the first documented report of swine flu being seen in another mammal than us humans. So really this article has to do with social studies because it is like a sub-topic to the larger topic of H1N1.

 

Questions:

 

1. What might be some ways how swine flu spreads through from human to feline?

 

2. If this were the case for many more animals that just a feline, how might the U.S counter the problem of H1N1 speading beyond human beings?

 

3. If you were/are a pet owner, how would you protect your pet from catching the virus?

 

Comments (4)

Lilly R said

at 6:43 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I think that swine flu could have spread from people to cats from their owners. Germs spread. If a person with swine flu is around their cat, and feeds the cat and stuff, i think germs could spread that way.

2. I think that they would have animals get H1N1 injections, to prevent it. Just like people

3. I don't know what you could really do to protect your pet.If you get sick,try to stay away from your pet so you don't spread germs.

Charlie S. said

at 9:22 pm on Nov 8, 2009

1. I think that swine flu could have spread from people to cats from their owners by petting the cat and by the contact in which a person touches the cat's food and then the cat eats it and there they have the virus.

2. They could create a pill that you could put in your pet's food and then when they eat their food they eat the pill that will protect them from H1N1.

3. If I were a cat owner, I would try to prevent my cat from getting H1N1 by doing everything possible not to get it myself. That would include washing my hands, not touching places frequently touched by other people and by cleaning up things like counter tops around my house.

Helen D. said

at 12:25 pm on Nov 13, 2009

1. When humans are sick with H1N1 and are around their pet cats, the virus could spread by touching, feeding, and sneezing. Most people, when they are sick, stay away form humans, but they don’t think about staying away from animals.
2. If animals other than felines could get sick from human contact, then swine flu would spread very rapidly in the U.S.A. because many households have pets. Humans are usually more concerned about not spreading the virus to humans, rather than to their pets. Also, if more pets got sick from the swine flu, the pets could spread it to humans. In that way, swine flu would spread very quickly through the U.S., and it would turn into a bigger problem.
3. If I were a pet owner with a pet that could get sick from swine flu, I would try to protect my pet by getting an H1N1 vaccine for myself and for my pet, if available. I would try to have my pet vaccinated because if my pet was sick with the flu, it could spread to humans outside my household, which would case more cases of H1N1 flu.

Emily M. said

at 11:07 pm on Nov 15, 2009

1. I would have to guess the same kind of way humans spread diseases to each other. So mostly just coming in contact with their animal would be how the feline would catch the flu from their owner.
2. By creating an equivalent to the pill they have for human beings that prevents h1n1. If veterinarians could come up with a pill that corresponds with animal immune systems then that would help prevent swine in animals.
3. Probably just making sure my pet has good hygiene and taking her in more frequently for checkups so if she did catch swine we could catch it early.

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