Covid-19, scientifically known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2
(SARS-CoV-2) is a disease responsible for the 2020 pandemic that affected the whole world taking almost 690.000 lives from a total of 18.3 million cases.
Our pets are family too and as cats owners, you must have asked your self, can cats get COVID 19? Read on to find out!
This pandemic is the worst in history since the 1918 influenza pandemic. Many people lost their jobs because of the disease, schools are closed for more than 6 months now and there’s no cure or vaccine to be found until now.
The lethality of the various lies in its ability to spread easily and quickly. COVID 19 or coronavirus is essentially transmitted from sick people to other nearby people through respiratory droplets, by direct contact (kissing, sexual relations, or any form of skin contact), or by touching contaminated objects and surfaces.
Coronavirus is known to originally come from animals, most likely a bat, which makes us wonder, can cats, dogs, or other animals get COVID 19?
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the period of 5 months (January 1st – June 8th, 2020), only 25 pet reports tested positive for COVID 19 while more than 7 million humans tested positive for the disease in the whole world. In addition, none of these reports suggested that pets can transmit the disease to their owners.
There is so little to no scientific evidence that animals, especially cats, can be easily infected with the COVID 19, and even lesser findings that say that cats can transmit the disease to humans with the only proven model of transmission being human to human interacting and direct contact.
The Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) made a study on 30 dogs and 17 cats from Hong Kong where only 2 dog s and 1 single cat tested positive for COVID 19. The pets were closely monitored in quarantine for 14 days until eventually they were clear from any signs of the disease and were released back to freedom.
In addition, the CDC and National Veterinary Services Laboratories received a report of 2 cats that tested positive for COVID 19. the owner of one of the 2 cats tested positive for COVID while a second cat living in the same household tested negative. Until June 1st, these 2 cats are the only reported cases of COVID 19 in the united states.
How to Keep Your Cat Safe During this Pandemic?
Precaution is better than cure. The best way to protect your cat from getting COVID 19 is by preparing for quarantining your cat. These tips can help you keep your cat safe:
- Buy your cat food in advance. Try to bulk purchase your cat’s food to avoid running out of food.
- Buy a first-aid pet kit. Your vet can help you chose one for your cat in case you need it. This one will most likely be different than ordinary ones you usually purchase and will contain medicines that can help in the case of COVID.
- Keep your pet from interacting with other pets or people outside of your household.
- Avoid public places like parks, gardens, or crowded allies that have a higher chance of being contaminated.
- If you are sick or you only suspect you are sick that you’re sick, isolate your self from your pet.
- Don’t share your food with your pets
- Keep your pets from eating each other’s food in case you have more than one.
These are mere recommendations provided by the American veterinary medical association, and until this day, there is no proven fact that animals can actually transmit the disease to humans or to each other.
What Are the Methods of Testing Cats For COVID 19?
Testing animals for COVID is basically the same as testing humans. you can read all about it in the COVID-19 Testing Insights Initiative website launched to help facilitate the interpretation of test results.
The most common methods of testing animals for COVID 19 are:
- Reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR)
- Virus isolation
- Neutralizing antibody
Can cats get the coronavirus? Yes
The early reports confirmed the infection of some animals including cats with the disease, therefore, caution is required by all cat owners.