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Re: All about Cats

March 6th, 2020, 4:06 pm

But what does it mean, the virus? It's life, that's all.
 
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Re: All about Cats

March 26th, 2020, 2:52 am

I wasn't aware of this until the latest issue of Scientific American:

15 reasons science says feral cats are a disaster
.. A 2011 review of wildlife crises on islands determined that cats helped cause the decline or extinction of 123 species of songbirds, parrots, seabirds and penguins; 25 species of reptiles and 27 species of mammals, including a lemur and a bat. That hurts biodiversity, which has been shown to play a role in food security, the control of infectious disease and successful adaptation to climate change...

Of course, bats are quite out of favor right now, but apparently they eat mosquitoes, so they can't be all bad (unlike mosquitoes!) 

The Sci. American article that caught my attention was 'Cat vs WoodRat' (Carrie Arnold, Apr, 2020). I saw a free online download, but suspect it is a pirate, so I'm not going to link to it.
 
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Re: All about Cats

March 27th, 2020, 2:08 am

People are disaster, not feral cats.

ISayMoo's cat hiding from coronavirus :
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Re: All about Cats

March 29th, 2020, 12:00 pm

I have breathing difficulties!
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Re: All about Cats

April 6th, 2020, 9:30 pm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ab_Osterhaus

He received his PhD degree in 1978 at the same university for a dissertation entitled "Feline infectious peritonitis: identification, propagation and epidemiology".

Osterhaus played an important role in the identification of the SARS coronavirus. In February 2004, his team found that Pegylated interferon alpha, a drug used for the treatment of patients with Hepatitis C, helps combat the virus that causes SARS.
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