Tag Archives: pets

Study: Research Needed On Feline-To-Human COVID

CBS News reports: A team of researchers studied the transmission of the coronavirus between cats and found that felines are capable of infecting each other with the virus. There have not been any known cases of a cat spreading COVID-19 to a person, but the scientists say it’s possible felines could be “a silent intermediate host” for the virus, and …

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NC Dog Is First Known COVID Case In Canines

Raleigh’s NBC News affiliate reports: A Chapel Hill family’s dog has tested positive for coronavirus. The family was involved in a study at Duke in which the mother, father and son tested positive for COVID-19. During this study, the family had their pets tested and found out their pug, Winston, had coronavirus. Dr. Chris Woods, the principal investigator of the …

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CDC Identifies COVID Infections In Two House Cats

The Associated Press reports: Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases in companion animals in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday. The cats, which had mild respiratory illnesses and are expected to recover, are thought to have contracted the virus from people in their households or neighborhoods, the …

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Shelter Celebrates: We’re Out Of Dogs For First Time

Some good news amid the incessant chaos: Volunteers at the Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control erupted in joyful celebration over a completely empty kennel. The milestone happened at the West Palm Beach, Florida, shelter’s stray housing and adoption overflow kennel, where all of the dogs were happily adopted. Many shelters have been reporting an increase in …

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China Reclassifies Dogs As Pets Rather Than Livestock

Reuters reports: China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential “game changer” in animal welfare. Though dog meat remains a delicacy in many regions, the Ministry of Agriculture said in a notice published on Wednesday …

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NYC’s Animal Shelters Are Out Of Dogs And Cats

Bloomberg News reports: Of all the shortages created by the coronavirus pandemic — the toilet paper and the hand sanitizer and the bottled water — the oddest of them all has to be dogs. Oh, and cats too. That’s right, in the New York city area, the epicenter of the disease, there is suddenly a run on pets. At least …

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Standard Poodle Wins Westminster Dog Show [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Siba, a black standard poodle with a meticulously groomed coat and a taste for chicken, won best in show at the 144th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, defeating a final group of contenders that included a wildly popular golden retriever and two repeat best in show contestants. Siba is the fifth standard …

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CA Gov Moves To End Animal Euthanasia In Five Years

The Sacramento Bee reports: Gov. Gavin Newsom wants California to stop euthanizing animals, and he’s ready to put taxpayer money toward the cause. “We want to be a no-kill state,” Newsom said during a press conference where he presented his 2020-21 budget. Specifically, Newsom’s budget calls for a $50 million one-time general fund allocation to the UC Davis Koret Shelter …

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Famed Internet Cat “Lil Bub” Dies At Age Eight

The New York Times reports: Lil Bub, the perma-kitten whose droopy tongue and eyes that could vacuum in your soul made her one of the internet’s most beloved feline celebrities, has died, her owner said on Monday. She was 8. With millions of followers on social media, and a mini-empire of commercial appearances elsewhere, Lil Bub was, to many, as …

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Court OK’s Class Suit Against “Prescription” Pet Food

Courthouse News reports: The Seventh Circuit reinstated pet owners’ class action fraud suit against Hill’s Pet Food, ruling that the FDA did not authorize the company’s “prescription” label on high-priced pet food found to be no different than regular pet food. Holly Vanzant and Dana Land sued Hill’s Pet Nutrition under the Consumer Fraud Act after allegedly discovering that Hill’s …

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NEW YORK: Legislators Pass Ban On Declawing Cats

The New York Times reports: New York lawmakers on Tuesday passed a ban on cat declawing, putting the state on the cusp of being the first to outlaw the procedure. The bill, which had been fought for several years by some veterinary groups, would outlaw several types of declawing surgeries except in cases of medical necessity, and forbid any such …

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Animal Rights Activists Object After Healthy Pet Dog Is Euthanized For Burial With Owner Per Her Will [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: A healthy dog was put to death in Virginia at the behest of its owner, who made the request in her will. The owner of Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, died March 8. Her dog was held at the Chesterfield Animal Shelter before it was picked up March 22 and then euthanized. Heartbroken animal shelter officials said …

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Internet Star Grumpy Cat Dies At Age Seven [VIDEO]

NPR reports: Grumpy Cat — the blue-eyed cat whose permafrown made it seem as if she was perpetually irritated — has died, her family announced early Friday. Grumpy Cat died of complications from a urinary tract infection, her owners said. “Some days are grumpier than others,” Tabatha Bundesen wrote in announcing her cat’s death. Born in 2012, Grumpy Cat became …

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Colorado Bans Animal Abusers From Owning Pets

Denver’s CBS News reports: A new Colorado law will ban animal abusers from owning a pet for upwards of five years. Gov. Jared Polis signed HB19-1092 into law Thursday afternoon. “It will increase restrictions of people convicted of felony pet animal cruelty, and facilitate mental health and treatments to address the underlying factors that drive tragic animal cruelty,” Polis said. …

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Wire Fox Terrier Wins Westminster Dog Show [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: When King, a wire fox terrier, won best in show honors at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night, it was not a crowd-pleasing announcement. Boos and grumbles filled Madison Square Garden when the judge handed King the coveted pewter cup. The victory for King, the No. 1-ranked terrier last year, was …

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Petco Bans Pet Food With Artificial Ingredients

Forbes reports: Today Petco announces it will stop selling pet food and treats containing artificial colors, flavors and preservatives. After May 2019 customers will no longer find brands containing such ingredients on their shelves. More than 40 artificial ingredients are on its banned list. The private San Diego-based company is rated #100 in Forbes’ America’s Largest Private Company list with …

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United Bans Dozens Of Dog Breeds From Cargo Hold

The Los Angeles Times reports: In response to the controversial death of a dog on a United Airlines flight in March, the carrier is overhauling its pet travel policy, including banning the transport of dozens of breeds of dogs and cats in the cargo compartment. Passengers can still bring small pets, including many of the breeds banned in cargo, into …

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Tenth Cativersary

Ten years ago this week I brought Shelley (formerly “Little Gray”) home from the East Harlem ASPCA. She was 20 months old, very underweight, timid, and FIV+, the last of which might explain the “owner surrender” notation on her adoption papers. Shelley was so freaked out upon arrival in my apartment that she first tried to escape by climbing up …

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STUDY: Dogs Do Understand What You’re Saying

Well, some of what you’re saying. From the Associated Press: Scientists have found evidence to support what many dog owners have long believed: man’s best friend really does understand some of what we’re saying. Researchers in Hungary scanned the brains of dogs as they were listening to their trainer speaking to determine which parts of the brain they were using. …

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Open Thread Thursday: Show Us Your Fur Babies

JMG reader David writes to suggest a “sanity break” with an open thread for everybody to show off their fur babies, which we haven’t done for quite some time. Shelley endorses this idea, although she takes a dim view of my suggestion of adding another household member, primarily so I can name the new addition Hillary Kitten.

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