If you have the notion that a cat’s only job is to knock things off shelves or just lie on its fluffy belly all day long, then you are wrong. Apart from their tough jobs of looking cute all day, some cats are also taking a new career path. And, we have the purrfect example of one such successful and famous feline - Betty the weather cat. Assisting her human in live telecasts, Betty has now gained quite the fan base.
Betty was living a normal kitty life until she crashed a live weather report telecast by her human, Jeff Lyons from 14 News. Viewers fell in love with Betty and from there her glorious career started. Now this kitty co-hosts weather telecasts with Lyon from their home. She even has her own segment in the show.
Cats are not immune to the novel coronavirus, and the infection can easily transmit to them from other cats, said a new research.
“Cats may be a silent intermediate host of SARS-CoV-2 [the new coronavirus], because infected cats may not show any appreciable symptoms that might be recognized by their owners,” said researchers from Japan’s University of Tokyo and the US-based University of Wisconsin.
The research published in The New England Journal of Medicine was prompted after two pet cats were detected COVID-19 positive in the US. Two other instances have been found in Belgium and Hong Kong.
The researchers took three cats as samples who were inoculated -- meaning they were vaccinated to raise their immunity against diseases.
“One day later, a cat with no previous SARS-CoV-2 infection was co-housed with each of the inoculated cats to assess whether transmission of the virus by direct contact would occur between the cats in each of the three pairs,” the research said.
“We detected the virus from two of the inoculated cats. By day three, the virus was detectable in all three inoculated cats,” the researchers added.
They said the cats during the study did not show any virus symptoms, including abnormal body temperature or substantial weight loss.
The researchers, however, said there was a need to further investigate the potential chain of human-cat-human transmission.
“This is of particular importance given the potential for SARS-CoV-2 transmission between family members in households with cats,” noted the researchers.
So far, another case of a tiger infected by the COVID-19 in the US has been reported as well.
Since appearing in China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 188 countries and regions, with its epicenter having shifted to Europe and the US.
The pandemic has killed over 297,400 people, with total infections surpassing 4.36 million, while more than 1.56 million people have recovered from the disease, according to figures compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.
Although nothing new has been posted on the page since October of last year, Justin updated his fans on the cats as recently as March, when he revealed that Sushi had finally been found after going missing a month earlier.
Miranda Lambert’s love of rescuing animals has rubbed off on her husband!
Over the weekend, the dog-loving country star, 36, revealed that thanks to husband Brendan McLoughlin’s vigilance, the couple was able to spot an adorable stray kitten during a drive in Texas.
“Two lane highway in Texas, speed limit 70. Brendan slows down and does a U-turn,” Lambert wrote on Instagram, as she recalled asking her husband, “Why are you turning around?”
“There’s a kitten in the road and I knew you would kill me if I saw it and didn’t stop,” she remembered her husband saying. “Well, I guess the rescue ways are rubbing off on him.”
In addition to sharing the touching story, Lambert posted a handful of photos of the tiny kitten and his piercing blue eyes. In one image, the country superstar holds up the cat while sitting in a car, while in another, her husband smiles while the cat rests on his shoulder.