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Can Cats Get COVID-19?

It’s been over two years since we first entered the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’ve ever wondered “can cats get COVID-19?”, you’ve come to the right place. Read more to learn about how COVID can affect your furry friend.


When it comes to the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID), there is no evidence that it can be passed from cats to people, according to the Cornell Feline Health Center. Additionally, there is little to no evidence that animals in general can pass the virus to humans.

While the virus does not seem to be passed from cat to human, domestic cats are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 being passed from humans. This susceptibility is mild and it is not known the full extent of the effect on cats. So, can cats Transmission in cats is rare but has been documented.

Effects on Cats

In cats that were infected and studied, they developed digestive issues and some mild respiratory symptoms that subsided within 2 weeks. While these effects are mild, the CDC advises to limit contact with your pet if you are experiencing COVID symptoms. This will reduce the chance of your cat catching the virus.

When To Visit The Veterinarian

It’s never fun when a pet comes down with something. You wouldn’t expect a cat to come down with a virus like COVID, and there’s a chance that it’s not. The best course of action is to consult your veterinarian if your kitty is experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tiredness
  • Sneeze
  • Runny nose
  • Eye discharge
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
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