In a wonderfully seasonal story for Halloween, this week the charity Cats Protection has put out an appeal to find new homes for black cats. Tragically, black (and black-and-white) moggies are unpopular with owners, taking 22% longer to rehome.
I find it bizarre that according to their surveys, when trying to decide which cat to take home, more people rated “appearance” the most important trait (34%) than “cuteness” (32%) or even “friendliness” (a mere 22%). Although I agree it's harder to photograph a black cat (as witness the photo - best I could get in those light levels!), I’d strongly advise reversing that order when choosing a pet!
In Part 1, we looked at how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, and how without these drugs, modern medicine (surgery, chemotherapy, organ transplantation) would be almost impossible. In this second part, we’ll look at what drives resistance in the real world, and how we can help.
You’ve almost certainly heard of “antibiotic resistance”, or “antimicrobial resistance”, or “superbugs”. But do you know what they are? Or why they’re a problem? Or why we’re worrying about them in animals? Read on to find out more!