Covid-19 found in pet cat as tests confirm first known case in UK

A pet cat developed Covid-19 in the first known infection of its kind in the UK.

The virus was found in the animal last Wednesday following tests by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

The cat and its owners have since made a full recovery, the Mirror reports.

The Government said there was no evidence to suggest the cat transmitted coronavirus to its owners.



UK organisation Cats Protection says it is believed transmission of Covid-19 from humans to cats is extremely rare.

Its website adds: “There is currently no evidence that cats can transmit Covid-19 to humans and so owners should not worry unnecessarily.

“However, as it is known that the virus can survive on surfaces such as door handles, it may be possible, despite the lack of evidence, for the virus to survive in a similar way on a cat’s fur.”

Public health experts say they know that cats, dogs, and a few other types of animals can be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

A small number of pet cats and dogs have been infected with the virus in several countries, most of them after coming into contact with a person who had the illness.

Lions and tigers at a New York zoo tested positive for the current pandemic strain of coronavirus after showing signs of respiratory illness.

It’s believed the big cats became sick after being exposed to a zoo employee who had the virus. All the animals have fully recovered.

In the USA, the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) states that there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes Covid-19.

It said the risk of animals spreading Covid-19 to people is considered to be low, but it can spread from people to animals in some situations.

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