People are asking ‘can my pet get COVID-19? We are here to help relieve your stress and tell you, although yes it is technically possible, the odds of your cat getting COVID-19 is slim to none. COVID-19 is a coronavirus strain that is new, hence the term novel, and is on the whole impacting humans on a scale we haven’t seen since the Spanish Flu. People are worrying about themselves and their pets. As COVID-19 started from bat to human, the ideas about mutation seem to be on everyone’s lips with no definite answers.
But what about the tiger?
A tiger named Nadia in the Bronx Zoo has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Bronx Zoo is in the middle of New York City which has had a massive outbreak. Due to the density of the population, and the propensity of the virus, she had a test done. Due to the alteration of the test for animals; this test did not take away from the tests for humans that are scarcely available. Nadia, as well as other felines at the zoo, were having breathing issues, hence why they tested for COVID-19.
The Belgium Cat
There is also a cat in Belgium whose owner had the Corona Virus, and has also been diagnosed with COVID-19. In doing our research we came across an article by Live science. “The feline ACE2 protein resembles the human ACE2 homologue, which is most likely the cellular receptor which is being used by Sars-CoV-2 for cell entry,” Van Gucht said. He also brought up the COVID-19 is A Coronavirus, but not THE coronavirus, there are many different types, and each animal has different strands that can impact them. Such as when in 2003 with the SARS, there were cats that were infected. Steven Van Gucht, virologist and federal spokesperson for the coronavirus epidemic in Belgium, shared this in an interview with Live Science
The types of Coronavirus from Wired Magazine
Did you know there are multiple types of coronaviruses? This isn’t the first, and won’t be the last. Wired magazine laid out how coronaviruses usually act, and how hopping species is very rare.
“Cats are extremely susceptible to a type of coronavirus that impacts the GI tract, for instance. Hohenhaus estimates that as many as 80 percent of cats get this “extremely common” strain. “It causes mild diarrhea; it doesn’t make them very sick,” Hohenhaus (staff doctor at New York’s Animal Medical Center) says. Most coronaviruses stay within species—a horse isn’t likely to catch a pig’s virus, for example. There are four main sub-groups—alpha, beta, gamma, and delta. Cats are not typically susceptible to beta-coronaviruses, like the one that causes Covid-19, which makes the fact that Nadia does appear to have been infected especially odd; it also provides more evidence that this disease is sometimes wildly unpredictable.“Wired Magazine
Who COVID-19 impacts
Our cats are here for us in our time of need to cuddle, play with, and love on. In a time when social distancing makes us feel alone. May the excitement your cat feels playing with you remind you that you are loved. We have free cat toys here; just pay for shipping if you want something fun to play with during quarantine!
At this time there have been over 2 million Covid-19 cases worldwide, and more than 140,000 deaths. Social distancing, washing our hands, and wearing masks is the best we can do outside of staying home.
So friends, even if you get COVID-19, your cat has a 1 in 3 billion chance of contracting it; even then they will most likely recover. If you get corona, you have an 80% chance of recovery. Just in case, think about making a ‘worst-case scenario’ plan. Do you have a boarding house that could take your cat? A friend that would watch them if you have to go to the hospital? These are not things we want to think of, but may help in this time of a worldwide pandemic. Take care of yourself, your family, and keep showing up. We need you in the world. The Clean Litter Club family wishes you safety, health, and grace in this time.