Here is what we know so far:
The COVID-19 pandemic presents us all with unprecedented challenges; and local, regional, and national governments are taking steps to slow its spread as researchers investigate ways to prevent and treat infections.
Many cat owners have asked us about the possibility of transmitting this virus to their cats, and whether their cats could potentially infect people. Here is some information to help you stay informed, vigilant, and safe.
While this evolving situation might seem frightening, please remember: There is currently no definitive evidence that either cats or dogs can transmit COVID-19 to humans.
As we continue to learn more, it’s important to note that since cats and dogs are mammals, the possibility of human-to-cat transmission, and vice versa, does technically exist.
For this reason, anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 should limit their contact with their pets, and wash their hands before and after interacting with them, which includes cleaning their litter boxes.
If you notice your pet experiencing respiratory illness or fever, we recommend (out of an abundance of caution) to quarantine them, wash your hands carefully before and after handling them, and contact a veterinarian immediately to consult about best next steps.
It is very important that cat owners understand that the current situation warrants caution, but that they should not seek COVID-19 testing for their cats, given the shortage of tests available for humans. It’s also important to point out that currently available information suggests that if precautions are taken, the likelihood of cats becoming infected and of them serving as a source of COVID-19 infection is believed to be very low.
Some trusted resources for additional information can be found here:
- American Veterinary Medical Association
- World Organisation for Animal Health
- City University of Hong Kong
Disclaimer: The information produced by Infurmation is provided for general and educational purposes only and does not constitute any legal, medical or other professional advice on any subject matter. These statements are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always seek the advice of your vet or other qualified health care provider prior to starting any new diet or treatment and with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you suspect that your pet has a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider.