Who knew? But apparently it’s true.
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A virus of some type has swept the household. The main symptoms being head cold symptoms with extreme fatigue.
Marathon sleeping bouts unusual for even connoisseurs of sleep like Robert & Amoreena (the cat).
The unusual part is that I hadn’t had any outside contact with any other humans in the few days preceding the onset of symptoms, but yet I was the first. The last possible victim would seem, shockingly, to be Amoreena, the cat!
After a day of what I did think was an unusual amount of sleep, even for a cat, she started sniffling & sneezing.
I’ve had cats get sick before. As a new kitten, Amoreena had brought home kennel cough from the ASPCA, causing my other cat, (the late) Nikita, came down with it as well. They required a course of antibiotics. Another time, when we lived in an apartment building, both of them got cold-like symptoms right after one of the neighbors was complaining that her cat was exhibiting cold symptoms. It passed in a couple of days.
But these were cat-specific illnesses. And so far as I knew, I thought all communicable diseases in cats, were cat-specific.
Turns out, that’s not the case, and it very well could be that we have passed the flu, to Amoreena the cat!
Fortunately, she’s only 7 years old. The symptoms are pretty mild, so if it is, indeed, the flu that she has, she should be okay. But it’s still worrisome.
Flu infections in pets are more common than previously thought | MNN – Mother Nature Network
Can cats and dogs catch a cold from you? | Pet Health | Embrace Life | Best Health
Can you really give your dog or cat the flu? | News & Research Communications | Oregon State University
H1N1 Flu Confirmed in Iowa Cat
I’m hoping it’s not the case, and it’s just a case of not running the humidifier enough to compensate for the dry heating, because I could hardly tell with my symptoms.
We really need a hygrometer.
I was actually looking at make-shift DIY options, but then I couldn’t locate a mercury bulb thermometer in the house.