Cats with COVID-19 Naturally Develop Antibodies to Fight Virus
Tests Show Updated Research
By Claudia Bensimoun
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New COVID-19 feline research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) confirms that cats can become infected with SARS-CoV-2, but that it does not affect their health because cats generate an effective immune response against the virus, and cannot transmit it to humans.
The study adds that “The owner of the animal (Negrito) died from COVID-19 (RT-PCR confirmed), and the animal was then taken by some relatives who were also diagnosed with a mild-to-moderate form of the disease, although SARS-CoV-2 infection was not confirmed at the laboratory. The animal (C1) had another cat mate (C2) at home that never showed any clinical sign.”
The results were gathered via post-operative analysis of the COVID-19 positive cat whose family were COVID positive. The study took place to assess the frequency in which SARS-CoV-2 from pet parents infected domestic pets like cats, ferrets, and dogs.
The study concludes that “Since the susceptibility of domestic cats has now been established, extensive studies on domestic cat SARS-CoV-2 prevalence are needed to precisely ascertain the role of this sympatric species in the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, although highly speculative at this stage, it would be important to ascertain whether SARS-CoV-2 infection may be able to worsen already existing disorders in cats and other animal species,” via PNAS.