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Can Cats get Covid from Humans?

The short answer to your question “Can Cats get Covid from Humans” is yes. There are cases where covid is transmitted from humans to cats. While reading this, most of you would be concerned about your furry friend’s safety. 

can cats get covid from humans?

Continue reading to find out more about transmission severity and what precautions to take for your pet’s protection.

How is Covid caused?

The SARS-Cov-2 virus also known as covid-19 is suspected to have originated from bats and through a host might have infected humans. This virus has the ability to get transmitted from humans to humans as well as between humans and domesticated animals such as cats and dogs as per Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Report.

How severe is transmission and who is more vulnerable?

Transmission between humans and domesticated pets can occur both ways. However, as per studies conducted, transmission from humans to cats had more chances than cats to humans. Also, as this report shows, cats are more susceptible to getting infected than dogs.

Though transmission can happen to pets, only some of them get sick, while others remain healthy. Out of those sick pets, serious illness is very rare as per CDC Report. Most had mild illnesses only and recovered quickly.

Guidelines to follow if you have tested positive for Covid-19

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, you need not to panic and stick to the basic rules given. 

  • Consult your vet through phone call and check for precautionary measures.
  • Ask someone else to take care of your pet till you get fully recovered.
  • If you need to take care of your pet, take the following precautions:
    • Stay away from your pet as much as possible (interact as little as possible).
    • Wear a face mask when you are close to your pet.
    • Wash your hands with soap and sanitise them before touching your pet or food bowl.
    • Definitely avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing the same items.
  • You can also read this advice for caregivers

Symptoms of cats having Covid-19

If you suspect your cat got covid, check for the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing or running nose
  • Eye discharge
  • Digestive upset like diarrhea or vomiting
  • Lack of energy
  • Fever

Guidelines to follow if your cat has tested positive for Covid

Can cats get covid from humans?

If your cat has some of the symptoms mentioned above, there are chances it might be infected with Covid-19. However, pets get mild illnesses and recover fast in most of the cases. Hence, you can be hopeful and follow the instructions below:

  • First, inform your vet through a call and don’t visit the vet directly, since there is a chance of transmission. Let your vet guide you through telemedicine so the virus is contained.
  • When your cat is infected, treat it the same as you would treat a human infected with Covid. Isolate your cat and don’t allow other pets or humans to get near your cat.
  • When you need to take care of your cat, wear a mask and gloves. Wash and sanitize your hands before and after cleaning or feeding your cat.
  • Don’t put a mask on your cat’s face as it will struggle to breathe.
  • Also, don’t clean your pet with chemicals or disinfectants.
  • Observe your cat’s symptoms everyday to know if it’s recovering or getting worse. If your pet gets seriously ill, consult your veterinarian and follow their advice.

Conclusion

As there is a chance for covid to spread from humans to cats, it is necessary to take precautions and protect your cat’s health when you or someone living close gets infected by covid. Always consult your vet when you notice any symptoms in your cat to be on the safer side.

Dr. Iulia Mihai

Dr. Iulia Mihai

Dr. Iulia Mihai grew up with cats since she was little – basically all her life! Because she love and appreciate animals so much, especially cats, she became a vet!
She graduated the University of Agronomical Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in 2012 in Romania and, since college she started to volunteer in various veterinary clinics. She first volunteered at the faculty’s clinic in her 3rd year of study and continued to pursue her career in small animal pathology and laboratory.
She currently has two cats, five rats, and two African clawed frogs!
She says that having pets comes with great responsibilities, but the satisfaction is commensurate!

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