Is coronaviruses (COVID-19) dangerous for cats?



There are about 40 known types of this virus. COVID-19 appears in humans in the form of acute infectious pathology, which is transmitted by airborne droplets. Domestic animals like cattle, birds, pigs, cats, and dogs may also suffer from coronavirus.

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Feline coronavirus develops in three ways:

  1. The asymptomatic course of the disease. The cat lives on as before. Symptoms may not be showing up at all and there are no changes in behavior and appetite. The owner may not suspect that the pet picked up the infection. At the same time, it remains a carrier and can infect other animals, not humans.
  2. In small kittens, as well as in older cats and cats, the coronavirus causes intestinal disorders. There may be diarrhea and vomiting for several days. Then the symptoms go away on their own, and the pet recovers.
  3. The third option is, unfortunately, death. In a short time, viral peritonitis develops and the animal dies.

How does Feline coronavirus spread? (Infection methods)

Human coronavirus spread by airborne droplets. Animals become infected from each other only through feces. From animal to human disease spread only by eating raw meat.

Therefore, do not worry about the fact that your pet can get COVID-19.

If you’re cautious about your Sphynx Cat’s health do not hesitate to contact your veterinarian or select one from our vet’s list


Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?

While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly.

WHO continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics and will update as new findings are available.


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