Pet Cat Tests Positive For Coronavirus In The UK

A pet cat has become the first animal to test positive for coronavirus in the UK. The cat caught the coronavirus from its owners, who have both fully recovered. The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has said “This is a very…

A pet cat has become the first animal to test positive for coronavirus in the UK. The cat caught the coronavirus from its owners, who have both fully recovered. The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has said “This is a very rare event” and pet owners should not be concerned. A few pets in Europe, Asia, and North America have also tested positive for coronavirus. There’s currently no evidence to suggest that pets can transmit the virus to humans. Animal’s fur can carry coronavirus for a time, so people are advised to wash their hands thoroughly after touching animals. A vet initially diagnosed the cat with feline herpes, which is a very common respiratory infection in cats. The sample used to test for herpes was also tested for coronavirus, as part of a research program. Pet owners with the coronavirus are being advised to restrict contact with their pets or get someone else to look after them. If possible, cat owners with the virus should also keep them indoors, but only if the cat is okay with staying inside