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.
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.”