Are you a cat lover? Here’s a bit of concerning news regarding our feline friends. Even though cats are obviously a different species, they can still catch COVID-19 from us humans.
Researchers in the United Kingdom has found evidence that there have been human-to-cat transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, during the pandemic. This virus was found in cats that developed mild or severe respiratory illness.
In nature, there have been reports of other species getting infected with COVID-19 from humans. These animals include domestic and nondomestic cats, dogs and mink.
In this study, the researchers discovered that two domestic cats in households with people having suspected cases of COVID-19 had the SARS-CoV-2. They used various laboratory techniques, including molecular biology, to show that these cats were infected with COVID-19.
The study results were published in the April 2021 edition of the journal VetRecord.
If you have cats, this is actually good information to know. When taking precautions to keep your family from catching COVID-19, don’t forget about your cats. Don’t assume they can’t catch the coronavirus also!