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WASHINGTON (AP) — The patter of paws is being heard in the White House again following the arrival of President Joe Biden's dogs Champ and Major. The two German shepherds are the first pets to live at the executive mansion since the Obama administration.

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Do not put a mask on pets. Masks could harm them.Do not wipe or bathe your pet with chemical disinfectants, alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, hand sanitizer, counter-cleaning wipes or other industrial or surface cleaners.

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Because there is a risk that people with COVID-19 could spread the virus to animals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pet owners limit their pet’s interaction with people outside the household. To do that, you can:

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If you become sick with COVID-19, you should ideally delegate your pet’s care to a family member or friend and isolate from them as much as possible.If you live by yourself and are unable to find someone to care for your pet, wear a mask when dealing with them.

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While dogs can be infected, it is mainly a human-to-human transmitted disease.A small number of pets worldwide, including cats and dogs, have reportedly been infected with the virus, mostly after close contact with people with COVID-19.Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low.

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There is nothing wrong with your cat and your cat is not misbehaving. But as a pet parent, you did do something wrong. You likely stroked your cat above his level of tolerance while your partner may stroke the cat below his level of tolerance. Cats are extremely sensitive to touch and other stimuli and when they are overstimulated, biting is often their go-to to tell you to stop petting them or remove the stimulus in the room. It’s called petting-induced or overstimulation aggression and is fairly common among cats. This behavior has nothing to do with how the cat feels about you, but with what is happening around them.

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