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Rabies From Cats, USA: Keep It In Perspective — 5 Comments

  1. Thanks for the brilliant piece! Will share far and beyound as I’m irritated of media manipilating people and not thinking of consequences of what they emphasise.

    Marc, absolutely true – media hype. That’s how the world works. If somebody has an interest in increasing killing cats, creating scary stories is one way of getting the public to buy the idea.

    • Thanks Natalie. I totally agree with what you say. Sometimes I think that a sizeable percentage of the journalists or reporters at online newspapers don’t like cats because they nearly always present them in a bad light. Or they are disrespectful and this damages the image of the cat in the mind of the public. This can only lead to abuse against cats. That’s why I dislike misrepresentations and exaggerations concerning the cat.

  2. In my own experience here, I have not noticed any emphasis on cats being a source of Rabies. More so would be the bats and the squirrels which I guess could end up being prey for the cats and so maybe thats where it is coming from. Rabies is not that big of an issue here anymore like it once was. Yes , we recommend the standard Rabies vaccinations for outdoor pets but none of my indoor cats receive this vaccination, it’s not required.
    I think the media likes to blow things out of proportion.

    • I am pleased with what you say. Good news. I am always concerned about media portraying the outdoor cat in a poor light. Sometimes it is done carelessly without figuring out the possible consequences. There are people who want any excuse to kill cats.

  3. The media often seem like a bunch of emotional whores, and rightly so because that’s exactly what they often are. They offer up human emotions for money with little regard for truth in cases like these. So somebody tell me why that doesn’t make them a bunch of disgusting sellouts.

    Regardless, I believe raccoons and bats are the bigger problem in this case – and perhaps dogs too.

    Why it gets put on cats I really don’t know. Perhaps it really is just purely the media hype. Whoever writes about cats this way is bending and exaggerating reality – they should be fired and be forced to clean out litter boxes.
    But sadly they probably don’t even think they did anything wrong.

    It’s very Daily Mail (daily male as I call it) to come up with trash like that – lies basically.

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