Cats and COVID-19
27 July 2020
We are aware of reports in today’s press that the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that the virus responsible for COVID-19 has been detected in a pet cat in the UK.
Although this is the first confirmed case of a domestic cat testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK, it should not be cause for alarm as the investigation into the case suggests the infection was spread from humans to animal, not the other way round, and that this is extremely rare with only a handful of cases across the world. At this time, there is no evidence that pets can transmit the disease to humans.
As a precaution, to avoid any risks to the cat, people who are suspected of having, or known to have COVID-19 should be particularly careful by minimising contact with their cat and washing their hands with soap and hot water before and after handling.
You can read all our latest advice over on the main Cats Protection website website