The world has changed a lot since the emergence of COVID-19, and we often wonder if our pets are also at risk of contracting the virus. In this blog post, we’ll answer an important question – can cats get COVID from humans?
COVID-19 and its transmission
Before delving into whether cats can contract COVID-19 from humans or not, it’s essential to understand how the virus spreads. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), COVID-19 is primarily spread through respiratory droplets when an infected person talks, coughs or sneezes.
The virus can enter another person’s body through their nose, mouth or eyes if they’re in close contact with someone who’s infected. The chances of getting infected increase if you’re near someone for more than fifteen minutes.
Can Cats Get COVID from Humans?
Yes! There have been cases where cats were diagnosed with coronavirus after being exposed to people with confirmed infections. Recently a cat tested positive for Covid in UK.
According to research conducted by scientists at Colorado State University and Duke University School of Medicine revealed that domestic animals such as cats can be affected by SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid in humans.
Moreover, experimental studies have shown that cats are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection via intra-nasal inoculation i.e., directly inserting the virus into their nasal cavities.
What happens when a cat contracts covid
When it comes down to symptoms shown by felines that catch Covid from their owners; some show no signs while others may develop mild respiratory symptoms like runny nose or congestion. However most recover quickly without need for any medical intervention.
How To Protect Your Cat From Getting Infected By You
If you’ve been diagnosed with Covid but still want your furry friend around and safe there are certain measure you should take:
1) Avoid snuggling up against your pet
2) Wash hands frequently before touching your pet.
3) Wear a mask around your pet.
4) Limit close contact with your pets by keeping them away from the room.
In summary, yes – cats can get COVID-19 from humans. While it’s not very common, there have been cases where felines were diagnosed with coronavirus after being exposed to infected people. To keep our furry friends safe, it’s essential to be mindful of how we interact with them and practice certain precautions if you’ve tested positive for COVID-19.