The notion of your cat catch coronavirus may not be as weird as you think.
Last month a dog in Hong Kong was reported as having a ‘weak form’ of the virus. It’s believed it was passed on to him by his owner, who had tested positive. This was the conclusion from researchers at the Hong Kong Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD)
That particular dog – a Pomeranian – didn’t show any symptoms but, officials insisted, still required to be put into quarantine for a fortnight.
So, what can you do to prevent your own cat catching coronavirus? Well, according to experts at The World Health Organisation, it’s “highly unlikely” that pets will be infected with the virus.
Vet and swine virus specialist at the Kansas State University, Raymond R.R. Rowland, said that the Pomeranian in Hong Kong may simply have been ‘a host’ for the virus.
He explained: “Even if the Pomeranian has a low-level infection, that doesn’t say the animal is sufficiently infected that it can spread the virus.
“The dog could simply be a host for the illness that neither becomes unwell or infects other people or animals.”
Just like with humans the World Health Organisation (WHO) is advising hand washing after contact with your cat or dog. Wiping your hands regularly with an alcohol-based sanitiser is also a good idea. This is regardless of whether you are simply petting them, feeding them and, in the case of dogs, wiping their paws after a walk.
If you do contact the current Covid-19 virus yourself, then it’s recommended that you find someone else to care for your cat or dog which you recover. This is despite the likelihood of your cat catching coronavirus would be extremely low. You would, however, probably end up snuggling and kissing your dog – two activities which definitely wouldn’t be advised. It’s also recommended that you wear a facemask around animals – as well as humans.
You can find other information on how to prevent your cat from catching coronavirus, as well as other cat-related advice on our website. We specialise in offering and installing a selection of quality cat flaps.
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