While the spread of the novel Coronavirus is well-documented in humans, many pet parents are understandably concerned about the potential effects it may have on their pets. In particular, there have been cases of cats with COVID, which indicates that they may be susceptible to the virus.
Can My Cat Get COVID?
According to the CDC, while the information currently available is limited, there have been documented cases of cats being infected with the Coronavirus. While the risk of cats being infected is deemed relatively low at this time, they can catch the virus.
Symptoms and risks
Fortunately, the symptoms reported have been mild and not life-threatening. The CDC says no cats have died of COVID, and all of them made a full recovery with no signs of disease. In many cases, there were little to no symptoms, some of which include:
- Runny eyes
At the moment, no evidence suggests that the virus can spread from cats to humans.
Causes of infection
Cats catch COVID from humans. Interactions with people who have the virus are the most likely way for cats to get infected. Additionally, some research suggests that cat-to-cat transmission is possible, but this is an unlikely scenario.
How to Prevent My Cat from Catching COVID-19?
The CDC recommends that cat parents protect their cats from COVID-19 just like they would humans. You should try to keep your felines at home as much as possible and avoid taking them to crowded places.
Practice proper hygiene and wash your hands before playing with your pet or interacting with them. It is also best to limit hugging or kissing as much as possible. Avoid letting your cat interact with people outside of your immediate household
If you show symptoms of COVID-19, you must practice proper social distancing. Isolate yourself from your cat and stay in a separate room. If possible, have someone else look after your pet while you are sick. When you interact with your cat, wear a mask, and wash your hands before and after feeding them. Avoid any form of petting and physical contact for as long as you are sick.
What if My Cat Gets COVID?
If your cat is sick and showing symptoms of COVID-19, seek the attention of a veterinarian. The CDC has said that there are no reports of humans being infected from the skin, hair, or fur of cats. Try to isolate your pet in a separate room like you would a regular person.
Avoid physical contact and act on the medical advice of your veterinarian. Do not let your cat roam outside or interact with anyone outside your household during this time. Also, pay close attention to the symptoms she exhibits. Your cat should recover within two weeks, but if she does not get better, you should call your veterinarian as it could be a sign of another illness.