Yes, cats can catch it. Quite a few tigers died in October 2004 Taiwan last year after eating infected carcasses. Domestic cats can catch it by eating infected birds, and actually this was announced in 2004 as well.
Bird flu has reached Sweden too...I live in the north of Sweden and so far the migratory birds haven't domiciled here yet...but I think its a matter of weeks... ....we try to keep our cats inside, we're planning to build a exercise yard for them.
I live Right on the beach basically, Loads of birds around here. ****. Better emergate to America faster.....
We're not necessarily immune to it either. There have been no confirmed cases of Bird Flu as of yet but migratory season is just starting for many water fowl. The Game & Fish Department has been and will continue to be testing for Bird Flu for months to come. I don't know that I recall any cases of it back in 2004 though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it misses us this year too.
We haven't had any birds test positive for H5N1 here in the US yet. It will happen as the birds start to migrate.
The issue has been and will remain to be whether the strain mutates to jump human to human.
That hasn't happened anywhere yet.