This is a little bit of world cat news, which I find fascinating. The location is Uganda. For people unsure where this African country is, the map below will help – it is just west (to the left) of Kenya:
It took one male Ugandan veterinarian (“a tall, strong looking man” described as an “animal doctor”) and his three male Ugandan assistants (“who also looked strong”) to give a domestic kitten an injection. I presume the injection was a vaccination. The vet called his three assistants in from an adjacent room to help him.
And….the veterinarian wore thick gloves while he administered the injection. The other three men must have held the cat in position. The cat’s owner queried how he managed to use a hypodermic needle while wearing thick gloves.
The vet appears to do the same thing for all cats. The cats were standard domestic cats. Their names were (a) “Elsa” – three months old, and (b) a cat called “Michael” (see photo) who is smaller than Elsa.
So, what is going on? Either the vet is scared of domestic cats for no particular reason (unlikely) or the vet has had a nasty experience or knows something that we don’t.
There is only one disease that is really dangerous for a vet that can be transmitted from a domestic cat to a vet: rabies.
There are clear signs for rabies. However, during the first stage (1-3 days) the cat will show subtle signs of personality change. Cats can become more affectionate or irritable and aggressive. Perhaps the vet was protecting himself from a bite from a cat that might have rabies? It seems far fetched because rabies exists in the USA and vets there don’t do the kind of thing this vet did.