Cats and Coronavirus: Here's What We Know So Far

November 04, 2020

Cats and Coronavirus: Here's What We Know So Far

Life as we know changed quite dramatically as the novel Coronavirus swept the globe. Now, the thought of getting into a crowded train or going to a concert gives most of us anxiety. 

But, what does the coronavirus mean for our pets? 

In this blog post, we will go over everything you need to know about cats and coronavirus in detail. 

Cats and Coronavirus: Here's the Deal

 

Earlier this year, a small number of household pets (mainly cats and dogs) were reported to have the coronavirus. They got the virus from their owners who had previously tested positive. 

According to the CDC, the chances of your pet getting COVD are relatively low. 

And, you shouldn't worry about getting the disease from your cat or dog, and the chances of that happening are low as well. Experts suggest that you should treat your cat as you would a human if they get the coronavirus--keep them isolated from other members of the family until they recover. 

What's Feline Coronavirus? 

Coronavirus is actually a type of virus. The novel coronavirus or the SARS-CoV-2 is just one of the many viruses that exist.

Feline Coronavirus or FCoV has been around for several years and infects cats worldwide. In fact, there's also a vaccine against it. So, you don't need to worry a lot if your cat has been diagnosed with feline coronavirus. 

In fact, FCoV is actually very common. 

As for the symptoms, the disease is actually asymptomatic but, mild diarrhoea is a symptom.

N-CoV-2 Symptoms in Cats 

Since only a handful amount of cats and dogs have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, we don't know much about the symptoms. 

What we do know is that cats and dogs showed little to no symptoms of the disease and were able to recover. No pet has yet passed away from the novel coronavirus, so you should not be too worried. 

Summing Up 

Yes, your cat can get coronavirus from someone who has the disease. So it is best to: 

  • Keep your cat indoors and not let it go out unaccompanied. 
  • Steer clear of crowded places. 
  • Limit social contact or meeting other cats. 

How has the social isolation been treating you? Leave comments. 


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