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A Tiger Has Coronavirus?

In the News

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52177586

a four-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in the US has tested positive for the coronavirus - the only person that could have infected her is the handler/zoo keeper

are you worried about how this virus affects animal, or how interacting with animals may affect you?

I usually pet other people’s dogs and cats, but obviously I have had to stop that since the outbreak

hspexy
2 months ago
What do you think of this?
Johnny
Johnny2 months ago

Perhaps it’s time people stopped allowing their cats and dogs on and in their beds. Not healthy!

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

My cat not even allowed in my bedroom.

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tumblespots
tumblespots2 months ago

It is clear that they still don't know much about the virus, especially about how it's transmitted but I would imagine that all pet owners are now worried about their pets being carriers or infecting the pets themselves by accident. Isn't it a great world!! 😟 🐞

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi2 months ago

not one....7 tigers...

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
2 months ago

So it spreads fast! Well if the super spreader is the zookeeper, he/she would have infected a lot more than just the poor animals

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi2 months ago

hspexy The zookeeper infected them...this virus also infects cats.

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hspexy
hspexy
Original Poster
2 months ago

AgnesFaludi yes, but the person also would’ve infected other people too, namely his/her colleagues

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AgnesFaludi
AgnesFaludi2 months ago

hspexy yes...

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dholly39
dholly392 months ago

i heard this, its very scary. im stopping walking my dogs now, they have full run of the garden which is pretty big any way.

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Johnny
Johnny2 months ago

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-people-with-animals

UK GOV General advice for all cat owners

You should wash your hands before and after any contact with your cat.

Cats wander, dogs sniff everything they can!

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pato
pato2 months ago

I thought that was normal procedure when handling animals

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Johnny
Johnny2 months ago

pato Probably not for those people who allow their cats and dogs on and in their beds.

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pato
pato2 months ago

Johnny Fair point, I don't have a cat or dog, there's nothing worse than cats walking all over your worktops or picking up dog ****.

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

pato I rarely washed my hands in 18 years of owning a cat and didn't catch anything. This situation is unique. That said, I have always washed my hands before eating and a lot of people don't bother doing that!

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pato
pato2 months ago

Dennab I suppose that being the owner of an animal for that long you'd know better than me, but I'd be washing my hands every time, my mates got a dog and if I clap it I can't wait to wash my hands, maybe it's just me that does it.

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

pato I wouldn't discourage anybody from washing their hands too much. Do you wash them after using the touchscreens in McDonald's, public handrails / buttons, door handles, your car steering wheel or your phone? I'm just asking out of interest really, not to catch you out!

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pato
pato2 months ago

Dennab I don't use McDonalds touch screens, mainly due to the fact that I like interacting with people, I try my best not to touch the handrails but sometimes it's unavoidable, as for shop door handles that's something that really rips ma knitting, I always try and push doors open with the back of my hand but trying to get back out annoys me as most of the time you've no option but to use the handles, my phone gets cleaned a couple of times daily and my car steering wheel gets sprayed with detol regularly too, my missus used to think I was ocd but they only thing that I'd class myself as ocd about is the amount of times a day that I change a dishcloths and towels.

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

pato It sounds like you're one of the weird people like me who considered hygiene to be important before the news told everybody to wash their hands. That's a 'back handed' compliment.

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pato
pato2 months ago

Dennab Absolutely, I take that as a compliment, I read an article today that was about shopping trolley and basket handles, I couldn't believe that it took them so long to figure that out, that's always stressed me out, I remember being in for a slash in the supermarket toilet and some guy came out of the traps and washed one hand, I couldn't believe my eyes, clatty barsteward, let's just say that I didn't keep that to myself, I game him stick and let other shoppers know about, making sure he heard me too.

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

pato Nicely done! You want to try working in a pub when blokes enjoy shaking your hand for no particular reason when they've had a few too many and probably not washed their hands all evening 🀒

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

pato yes pato,thats OCD...my son has it...his washing,handwashing,showering routine has gone through the roof..

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pato
pato2 months ago

Dennab That's worrying, to be fair I think they deliberately don't wash there hands so that they get a bit of flavour on their kebabs on the way home.

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago
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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

pato i dont let my cat walk on worktops either.He knows the rules...😐(clatty?thats a scottish term,as in "ya clatty melt"-ex-hubby scottish)πŸ˜‰

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

Caz2 There's a fine line between OCD and just being careful or thorough πŸ˜‰

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pato
pato2 months ago

Caz2 I've been trying to tell the missus that it's not ocd but deep down I know it is.

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pato
pato2 months ago

Caz2 I'd imagine that it would be difficult to stop a cat jumping up on worktops, fair play if you've managed to keep it off. and yes, definitely Scottish.

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

pato πŸ˜‰..yes,i taught him not to,from a kitten,then he went to a lady in the holidays,who looks after cats while you're away,shes got 3 of her own though,so my cat started jumping up when he came home(she must let hers)! So id to start allover again,teaching him not to.! Bloody woman.!(i just let her come to ours to feed him etc since,and i told her in no uncertain terms he's😑 NOT allowed up there!

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

Stay strong..its not a bad thing to have right now though,its better to be clean right now...πŸ™‚

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greatdeals121
greatdeals1212 months ago

I think people should should try and stay away from animals as it unfair to animals

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

Don't be ridiculous. What about the millions of humans including my Mum who rely on a pet to keep them company during this time? Have you thought of that? One dog in the entire world has died with 'possible' coronavirus symptoms. Even that one is inconclusive.

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

I thought they thought it didnt effect pets,but yet they said it'came from an animal in wuhan'! They cant have it both ways.πŸ€”πŸ™

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Dennab
Dennab2 months ago

A virus can live even on a non-living object for a few hours. If it gets into an animal, that animal can contain the virus without actually being affected by it. That's the problem. A living thing can just act as a delivery service for viruses, just like humans can. The problem is a few humans just don't get that. I haven't read much about the source of the virus but the animal it came from may not have shown symptoms. It's a bit like rats and certain other rodents carrying a particular virus that can be lethal to humans. Dog you know what as well can cause blindness in humans yet the dog who left it behind is fine!

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Caz2
Caz22 months ago

Yeah.i dont have dogs..i always make sure we wash our hands if we pat the cat anyway..he is good company,but always likes to get the last meow in..πŸ˜‚ theres been a rat spotted near fields near houses, so i rung& informed council,who said its not considered priority right now,i said,"its your own fault, if it spreads this virus,remember the plague??" & put phone down.πŸ˜πŸ€”

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