What about cats, can they be affected by COVID-19?

On 27th March 2020 a pet cat in Belgium, whose owner was infected with the COVID-19 virus also tested positive for the virus. The cat was reported to have vomiting, diarrhoea and respiratory signs (9). Similarity on 31st March 2020, a cat in Hong Kong also tested positive for the virus but did not show any clinical signs. The owner of this cat was also positive with the COVID-19 virus (12).

Human to animal transmission is still exceedingly rare. 4000 dogs and cats were tested from Canada, USA and EU including areas with high numbers of human COVID-19 cases and all samples have been negative to date (9).


  1. 26/03/20

  2. 30/03/20


  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Lesson 1: Introduction to epidemiology. Section 11: Epidemic disease occurrence. Level of disease. Updated May 18, 2012 26/03/20

  5. 29/03/20

  6. Raina K. Plowright et al. Pathways to zoonotic spillover Nat Rev Microbiol. 2017; 15(8): 502–510.  Published online 2017 May 30. doi: 10.1038/nrmicro.2017. 

  7. Andersen, K.G., Rambaut, A., Lipkin, W.I. et al. The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2. Nat Med (2020). 17 March 2020.

  8. 29/03/20

  9. AVA email communication 28/03.20 : COVID-19: Report of human transmission to pet cat in Belgium.

  10. AVA Client information sheet COVID-19 and companion animals 18/03/20

  11. 29/03/20

  12. 7/04/20


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