The cat in question was originally diagnosed with feline herpes, for which the symptoms also include respiratory infection.
An unexpected diagnosis
However, just as a precaution, the cat was later tested at a lab in Surrey. And the results, to the owner’s astonishment, came back positive for SARS-CoV2, also known as Covid-19.
The results were sent to the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the cat quickly made a full recovery. In fact, he only showed mild symptoms, as most animals do when they contract the virus.
A very uncommon occurrence
It is thought that the cat may have caught the virus from its owners, who had previously tested positive for it. These cases are extremely rare and cannot yet scientifically prove that the virus is transmissible directly between humans and animals. Additionally, there is no evidence that domestic animals can transmit the virus to humans.
In the meantime, it’ll cost you nothing to be cautious. Wash your hands regularly, especially if you’ve stroked someone else’s pet, and if you’re sick, keep your outdoor cat inside or arrange for someone else to care for your cat/dog until you recover.