Nyan cats, the adorable critters that thrive on the sea and are often found on the ocean floor, are now known as a “solution” for the masses.
They have been bred to be extremely resilient and even survive being submerged for a month or two at a time.
But a recent outbreak in Australia has put the issue into focus.
Nyan cat owners in New South Wales, Australia, are worried their furry friends are at risk of becoming the next viral pandemic, with an estimated 1,000 cats infected with the highly contagious virus.
In the last two months alone, there have been more than 4,500 cases reported.
The outbreak is the result of a single Nyan pet owner in the Sydney suburb of Cairns.
He found a cat who was “sick and not well” and decided to adopt it, according to the Australian Humane Society.
The owner, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Michael, said his pet has been with him for more than 20 years.
“She has been my main companion since I was 12 years old, I’ve never been happier than when she was with me,” he told Mashable.
“It’s a good pet.
I like her so much, she’s my little girl, my best friend.”
Michael said he was concerned for his cat’s health, as the cat was “really sick” and had no food.
He said he would need to be “very careful” around his Nyan friends, but also worried about the spread of the virus to other people.
“We’re all in this together,” he said.
“If we let the cat go off, the chances are there will be another one coming along.”
Nyan pets can be found on every continent, but the animals are most common in the tropics, the Americas, and Africa.
According to a 2015 report by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, over half of the Nyan-positive cats in the United States had eaten meat or raw seafood from humans, and about 20 percent had eaten cats.
But Nyancats have become a new animal in Australia, with a number of pet shops now stocking up on the cute little creatures.
Many of the cat-loving customers are looking to “buy a cure,” Michael said.
A number of different remedies have been tested on the cats, but one popular one is a combination of a vegan diet and a diet of seaweed, fish, and vegetables.
The cat owners of Crayton, NSW, say they are “surprised” that their cat was not more resistant to the virus, but are worried about other potential problems.
“The cat was very ill, very sick, and she wasn’t getting any food or water,” one customer told ABC News.
“I thought she might be sick.
The customer said they were now “furious” at pet shops selling the cat as a cure, saying they had a lot of questions about what exactly it was they were selling. “
There are so many different things going on here that we just can’t see the world through that cat’s eyes.
The customer said they were now “furious” at pet shops selling the cat as a cure, saying they had a lot of questions about what exactly it was they were selling.
The Australian Humane Association said the cat owners had been “stuck with the issue” for several months.
The group also wants a ban on the sale of the animals to be imposed.
But, as with the cases in Australia and elsewhere, there are no official numbers to support the claim.
But even though there are so few cases in the U.S., the cats are a big hit in Europe, where they are considered exotic pets and are used in traditional healing rituals.
There are even online forums where people sell the animals.
In some countries, such as Spain, they are also considered symbols of love and beauty, and even become a sort of Christmas present for the elderly.