The feline findings suggest that “cats are highly susceptible to infection with a prolonged period of oral and nasal viral shedding that is not accompanied by clinical signs and are capable of direct transmission to other cats.
Scientists don’t understand how coronavirus is transmitted in humans and animals fully yet.
But a gives an important update on two animals near our hearts that may catch Covid-19 – cats and dogs.
Research in both cats and dogs showed that neither animal developed clinical diseases from the virus. There were however differences between the two species in transmission quality.
Although preliminary, this study also provides some indication of how susceptible pets cat and dog are to bacterial contamination.
The results were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Tuesday.
Pet shedding researchers studied whether the novel coronavirus could reproduce inside the animals’ cells and be released into the environment — a process called shedding.
Cats could shed the infectious virus for up to five days and did infect other cats directly through contact. Animals, in contrast, seem to not shed the virus.
The feline findings suggest that “cats are highly susceptible to infection, with a prolonged period of oral and nasal viral shedding that is not accompanied by clinical signs and are capable of direct contact transmission to other cats. ”
Covid-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2, a zoonotic virus that probably began in wild animals before it began to degrade to humans. While the pandemic continues to have catastrophic effects on humans, the consequences for animal populations are largely unknown, the authors write.
The virus has previously been found in both cats and dogs. Even larger cats such as tigers have tested positive in the Bronx Zoo. While the new results indicate that the animals do not develop clinical disease the same way humans do, they can show symptoms like respiratory problems and decreased appetite.