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Cats and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Due to these crazy days, we are living recently; I want to inform not only my customers but also all people and pet owners about this terrible disease and its relationship with pets.

Can we pass the new coronavirus to our pets?

At the moment, just humans to humans. There is no research to support human to animal spread at this time. Samples from a Hong Kong dog resulted in having a small number of virus particles present. The animal had no clinical signs of disease, but it was a single case, and science needs a lot more research into the potential of the human SARS-CoV-19 virus to infect animals.

Some cats don’t react very well to Catnip, they can become aggressive, and this is something you don’t want, especially in a multicat household. In these cases, it is better to offer the Catnip in a different location from the other cats.

Can we pass the new coronavirus to our pets?

According to the World Health Organization, there’s no reason to panic about pets as possible victims or carriers of the coronavirus, since there’s no evidence that they can be infected.

Many types of viruses, including the common cold, can’t be spread between household pets and people. They have different cell receptors than humans, which may prevent some human-borne viruses from catching hold to cause an infection (although animals can have their versions of those diseases).

The most important factor in preventing the coronavirus continues to be simply washing your hands with soap and water, according to Dr. Will Sander, head of the joint veterinary master’s in public health degree program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine.

One precaution that does make sense, however, is stocking up on pet food, drinking water, supplies, and any medications along with anything else you’ll need during a quarantine.

Wash your hands after touching animals, since their saliva can spread other germs even if coronavirus isn’t an issue.

Please, respect the quarantine, work from home if you can. I am sure your cats will be more than happy to have you home. ❤


Sources:

  • Dr. Will Sander – the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • World Health Organization

 

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