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1 October 2020, 10:33
New research suggests cats can pass COVID-19 to other pets through their nose and mouth.
Cats can spread the coronavirus to other pets, scientists have warned.
Researchers are now warning cat owners that if any member of their household is infected with COVID-19, their furry animal should isolate themselves with them.
They say cats are “very susceptible to infection” and can infect other cats through their nose and mouth.
The study, carried out at Colorado State University, said cats should not be allowed to walk outdoors during this time because they could spread the virus to other cats or wild animals in the outdoors. .
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If a cat owner has to go to the hospital because of COVID-19, scientists have said anyone caring for the cat should move away socially, as they would a person.
Researchers at Colorado State University said, “Infected pet cats should not be allowed to roam freely outside to avoid the potential risk of the infection spreading to other cats or wild animals in the open air.
“Although no species developed clinical disease in this study, cats shed infectious virus for up to five days and infect naive cats through direct contact, while dogs do not appear to shed the virus.
“So, if symptomatic humans follow proper quarantine procedures and stay home with their pets, there is minimal risk that a potentially exposed cat will infect another human.”
The researchers tested seven cats and three dogs that were injected with the virus and found that none of them got sick.
There is still no evidence to suggest that cats or dogs can transmit the virus to humans.
They also found that cats’ immune systems meant they couldn’t be re-infected with the virus, explaining, “Resistance to reinfection promises that a vaccine strategy can protect cats and, by extension, humans.
“It is important to note that infected cats do not lose more than five days after exposure, which suggests that cats, if exposed to infected humans, will grow and clear the infection quickly.”
The study found that while dogs can contract COVID-19, they are not at risk of infecting others.
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