Month: September 2020

‘Find my cat’: Reddit user posts photo of living room, challenges Internet to find hidden pet

Tens of thousands of Internet users have become beguiled by a photo that purports to show a hidden cat, most likely because this now passes for spellbinding entertainment in our current reality.

The photo, which was first uploaded last week, allegedly shows the living area and hallway of Reddit user pizzaslayer111’s home.

“Find my cat in this photo,” wrote pizzaslayer111 next to a photo that, seemingly, did not picture any cats, let alone pizzaslayer111’s cat specifically.

But alas, the cat is indeed there, confirming that: A) pizzaslayer111 is not a liar; and B) that pizzaslayer111 should quit slaying pizzas and consider a new career as the successor to “Where’s Waldo” creator Martin Hanford.

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Within a week of the post, tens of thousands of Reddit users had scoured the photo with varying degrees of success. But most managed to find the feline, whose face can be seen (SPOILER) poking out from the left side of the door frame.

“I swear that cat wasn’t there the first time I spent 3 min looking,” wrote one viewer.

“That took me a stupid amount of time,” someone else wrote.

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Pets linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness during lockdown, new research shows

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Sharing a home with a pet appeared to act as a buffer against psychological stress during lockdown, a new survey shows.

Most people who took part in the research perceived their pets to be a source of considerable support during the lockdown period. (23 March—1 June, 2020)

The study—from the University of York and the University of Lincoln—found that having a pet was linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness. Around 90 percent of the 6,000 participants who were from the UK had at least one pet. The strength of the human-animal bond did not differ significantly between species with the most common pets being cats and dogs followed by small mammals and fish.

More than 90 percent of respondents said their pet helped them cope emotionally with the lockdown and 96 percent said their pet helped keep them fit and active.

However, 68 percent of pet owners reported having been worried about their animals during lockdown, for example due to restrictions on access to veterinary care and exercise or because they wouldn’t know who would look after their pet if they fell ill.

Lead author, Dr. Elena Ratschen from the Department of Health

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7 Popular Fish Most Aquarium Owners Should Avoid – PetHelpful

Eric is an aquarium enthusiast with over two decades of experience caring for a wide array of tropical fish.

Should you avoid goldfish?

Should you avoid goldfish?

Fishkeeping is a rewarding hobby once you have the hang of it. Unfortunately, every new aquarium owner has some hard lessons ahead of them before they get things right.

You can’t beat yourself up when you do your best and a fish dies anyway. All you can do is try to figure out where you went wrong and learn from your mistakes.

But there is one habit you can get into that will increase your chances of success:

Learn everything you can about a fish before you bring it home.

Our smartphones give us access to information about any fish, right at our fingertips. Yet, people still make impulse buys in pet stores and end up with fish they can’t manage.

It’s an avoidable error. Take your time, do the research, and choose fish that are appropriate for your tank and compatible with the fish you already own.

You may be surprised to find out that several popular fish aren’t a suitable fit for most home aquariums. Pet stores continue to stock them

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PETS Stock Forecast, Price & News (Petmed Express)

PetMed Express, Inc. and its subsidiaries, doing business as 1-800-PetMeds, operates as a pet pharmacy in the United States. It markets prescription and non-prescription pet medications, and other health products for dogs and cats directly to the consumers. The company offers non-prescription medications and supplies, including flea and tick control products, bone and joint care products, vitamins, treats, nutritional supplements, hygiene products, and supplies; and prescription medications, such as heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventative, arthritis, thyroid, diabetes, pain, heart/blood pressure, and other specialty medications, as well as generic substitutes. It also sells food, beds, crates, stairs, strollers, and other pet supplies. The company sells its products through its Internet Website; telephone contact center; and direct mail/print through brochures and postcards. PetMed Express, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Delray Beach, Florida.

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Don’t Miss Out! These Pot Stocks Soaring Again in 2020! (Ad)

After a disappointing 2019, cannabis stocks have come roaring back to life this year. One red-hot stock shot up 210.7% in 5 days on news of stronger-than-expected sales due to Covid-19. Another was up 127% in 60 days, and another jumped 128%.

Yet one particular “seed to sales” company could end up

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Study suggests substantial proportion of pet cats and dogs are infected with SARS-CoV-2 by their owners

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A colorized scanning electron micrograph of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Credit: NIAID

A small study by Canadian veterinary science experts being presented at this ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) suggests that a substantial proportion of pet cats and dogs can be infected by SARS-CoV-2 by their owners. Furthermore, in several cases pets found to be infected had COVID-19-like respiratory symptoms at the time their owner had COVID-19.


“These preliminary results suggest that a substantial proportion of pets in households of persons with COVID-19 seroconvert,” says study co-author Dorothee Bienzle, Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

SARS-CoV-2 has been reported to infect a range of animal species. However, neither risk factors nor susceptibility or clinical features of infection in different animal species are well defined. This study investigated the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 shedding and seropositivity in pets whose owners had COVID-19.

In this study, people who owned a cat, dog or ferret and had a diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 within a 2-week period, were invited to have their pet swabbed. If humans were outside the 2-week window of suspected infectiousness, collection of a blood sample from

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