The cat who got swine flu: first documented case of a cat getting H1N1

Image Annette Marie Hyder

In case you’ve been worrying about whether your cat can get H1N1 or not — it can.

A thirteen year old cat in Iowa is the first documented case of a feline with the new H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu.

The New York Times reports:

The cat, a 16-pound orange tabby, began acting lethargic and lost his appetite on Oct. 27. He is the only pet in the house and never goes outside. The cat, described as “large framed but not chubby,” stopped eating and drinking and stopped cleaning himself. He also rested by hunching on all four feet, rather than sprawling out on his side as usual, a sign of respiratory discomfort. A few days earlier, two out of three family members in the home had developed flu-like symptoms, with fever and body aches.

Read the entire article here.

Relevant link:

CDC’s (Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention  ) Questions and answers on 2009 H1N1 flu and you.

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