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A while ago, people were concerned about their pets spreading or catching COVID-19, and now reports reveal that two cats in the US are the first pets to have tested positive for COVID-19.
This was announced by the Agriculture Department and the Centers for Disease Control on Wednesday. The cats belong from different parts of the state.
One of the cat’s owners was already positive with COVID-19 when he brought the cat in for testing, whereas in the other cat’s home, no one was positive. The owners brought their cats to the vet when they noticed their felines experiencing respiratory infections.
Unlike humans, cats have a different process for testing. And unlike humans, COVID-19 doesn’t affect cats the same way. Both cats showed mild symptoms and are expected to soon feel better in a few days.
Are these the first cats to catch COVID-19?
Not technically. A few weeks ago, Bronx zoo reported tigers testing positive with COVID-19, which they too got it from one of the infected zookeepers.
And according to Dr Karen Terio in conversation with the New York Times, who tested the tiger’s samples revealed if cats did aid in spreading COVID-19, the number of infected cases would have been greater than now. COVID-19 for them is a mild disease.
Does this mean cats can spread COVID-19?
No, researchers have emphasised that there is no evidence that cats or house pets can spread COVID-19. In fact, in most cases, it’s the other way around. Infected owners could give it to their pets, infecting them.
So in case you feel you’re sick or you have COVID-19, please stay away from your cat, no matter how much she/he wants to snuggle with you, for their safety.