Cats Catch Covid-19

Need any more incentive to stay the heck at home and avoid getting the virus?

According to the South China Morning Post, a pet cat has tested positive for COVID-19 in Hong Kong after being infected with the virus by its owner. The cat is the second domestic cat to be diagnosed with the virus. The first was a cat in Belgium who contracted it from his owner following a trip to Northern Italy.

While the cat hasn’t shown any symptoms, the woman is reportedly in serious condition. (The Belgian cat was symptomatic, but both he and his owner recovered.)

“If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people,” says the CDC.

The news of the cats being infected with the virus came after it was reported two dogs in Hong Kong had tested positive.

While both dogs reportedly had low levels of COVID-19 and were both asymptomatic, the Pomeranian, who was 17-years-old, died after being released from quarantine. The German shepherd has repeatedly tested positive, but has remained in quarantine.

According to health experts, there have been no recorded cases of humans contracting the virus from their pets.

“We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19,” writes the Center for Disease Prevention (CDC).

However, the CDC advises that if you even think you might have the coronavirus “you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.”

Category: Covid-19, Featured, News

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Mousebreath Magazine is an award-winning online magazine that celebrates cats and the cat-centric lifestyle. Editor Karen Nichols is a popular conference speaker and writer, whose current project is The Cat Scout Handbook. She is also the denmaster at CatScouts.com.

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  1. Ellen Pilch says:

    I sure hope people don’t start abandoning pets from this.

  2. messymimi says:

    This is scary. How i hope they find a good treatment and get a vaccine soon.

  3. Serena says:

    Exercising caution is always a good idea but as I said on Facebook in response to this propaganda anything that comes out of China communist China is a lie and meant to hurt the American people and anything they hold dear so f*** communist China they can eat a dick

  4. They have in Asia; hopefully it won’t happen in the West Just another example of domesticated animals being demonized. So very sad.

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