Animals and Covid-19

I wanted to address the news that two pet cats tested positive for coronavirus in New York state. Both felines show mild respiratory symptoms and a full recovery is expected. This comes just weeks after we learned that four tigers and three lions tested positive in the Bronx zoo. This news is concerning so we must be sure that we respond in a smart and effective manner that is based on facts not fear.

Cats appear to be very mildly susceptible to Covid-19 and it appears that cat-to-cat transmission and person–to-cat transmission are both possible. A cat transmitting to a person has not been documented as of now. But there are many unknowns about this novel virus so we have to take precautions.

For those people infected with coronavirus it is recommended by the CDC that you quarantine yourself from other people and from your household pets. If you live alone then avoid contact as much a possible. Wash your hands before and after feeding and cleaning up after your pet. Do not allow your cat to lick or be near your face.

Disowning your pet is not the acceptable or intelligent answer. We do not get rid of family members to reduce our risk of infection from Covid-19. Therefore it is unacceptable to choose to disown your household pet for this reason. We are all scared right now. But we cannot make decisions out of fear alone. We must make decisions based on knowledge and facts. Take precautions, be smart and continue to love and care for your sweet felines. Stay safe.

With Much Love,
DrLoudon