Yes, cats can get Covid-19, but they're unlikely to become seriously ill

2022/01/14 15:27:00

Yes, cats can get Covid-19, but they're unlikely to become seriously ill

Yes, cats can get Covid-19, but they're unlikely to become seriously ill

Cats may have a higher risk of contracting Covid-19 than other pets. Here's how to protect your cat, treat symptoms at home, and when to call a vet.

to developing Covid-19 than dogs. Researchers examined 603 dogs and 316 cats from around Italy. They found 3.3% of dogs and 5.8% of cats had measurable antibody levels. Cats developed a higher level of antibodies than dogs, which means their immune systems may react more strongly to the virus. That said, they're still far less likely to become sick than humans.

A veterinarian can usually screen your cat's symptoms without needing a Covid-19 test for confirmation. Dogs and catsThe antibody tests used for animals are different from those used on humans. You cannot use a human Covid-19 test to gauge your pet's health.

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Since pets aren't widely tested, this tally is likely an undercount. But the low numbers imply that pets rarely contract Covid-19 from their owners. "The proportion of severe cases to date that has been lower and the difference is these profile with less COVID-19 pneumonia," Cloete said. A 2020 study suggests cats are more susceptible to developing Covid-19 than dogs. Between March 28 2020 and October 31 2021, 881,152 employees used these types of leave. Researchers examined 603 dogs and 316 cats from around Italy. Cloete stressed that vaccination was still the most important measure to protect people against severe COVID-19 and death. They found 3.” The study comes after researchers earlier this month started recruiting SA health workers to take part in a vaccine trial comparing the use of J&J and Pfizer shots as boosters .

3% of dogs and 5. The early evidence on Omicron is emerging, indicating lower incidents of hospitalisations and deaths.  In terms of departments, the police took the most leave.8% of cats had measurable antibody levels. Cats developed a higher level of antibodies than dogs, which means their immune systems may react more strongly to the virus. That said, they're still far less likely to become sick than humans. The breakdown of departments was provided as: Police spent R2,272,756,578, as 151 182 employees took leave; Water and sanitation spent R34,914,884, with 2,734 employees on leave;  Justice and constitutional development spent R249,005,957, with 16,325 employees on leave; Correctional services spent R681,622,732, with 38,509 employees on leave; Higher education and training spent R109,240,434, with 9,805 employees on leave. What to do if you think your cat could have Covid-19 If your cat shows signs of Covid-19, contact your veterinarian for guidance. SA has been the site of a number of Covid-19 vaccine trials, with studies run using shots made by J&J, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Novavax, ImmunityBio and Sinovac Biotech.

Many veterinary clinics offer telemedicine consultations when necessary. Video examinations can be especially helpful if you yourself are quarantining. A veterinarian can usually screen your cat's symptoms without needing a Covid-19 test for confirmation. Dogs and cats unless there is a risk of widespread animal infection, such as an outbreak at an animal shelter. If a test is necessary, your veterinarian will contact state officials for further steps.

  Important: The antibody tests used for animals are different from those used on humans. You cannot use a human Covid-19 test to gauge your pet's health. When caring for a sick cat, the CDC recommends you: DO isolate your cat to one room of the house (much like you'd do when caring for a sick human). DO keep a log of their symptoms and tell your veterinarian about changes in their condition. DO NOT let your sick cat outside, even if it is normally an outside cat.

DO NOT put a mask on your cat. Doing so could cause breathing difficulties. DO NOT try to clean your cat's fur with hydrogen peroxide, hand sanitiser, or other chemical cleaning agents. Your veterinarian can offer more guidance on bathing your cat, if needed. Your pet can likely resume their normal routine after they've gone at least three days without symptoms.

  To date, few cats have . Most cats can return to good health"with proper supportive care, fluids, and good nutrition," says Osborne.  Protecting your cat if you have Covid-19 If you have Covid-19, one of the most effective ways to avoid infecting your cat is to keep your distance, as difficult as that may feel.  "If possible, have someone else take care of your cat until you are free from symptoms," says Bonk. Doing so will allow you to rest and your cat to get quality care.

If you cannot arrange pet care, you still have options for lowering the risk of transmission."To protect your feline, be sure to practice good hygiene," says Osborne, who recommends the following:  Wearing a mask when around your cat Washing your hands thoroughly before and after touching your cat Securing trash bins so your cat can't reach used tissues or food containers Sanitising your cat's bowls, bedding, and toys. Wearing gloves and mask when cleaning out litter boxes These simple precautions can go a long way toward helping keep your cat from contracting Covid-19. Takeaway There's no evidence to suggest you can contract Covid-19 from your cat — but your pet can contract the virus from you.  If you're sick, isolate yourself if you can.

If you can't isolate from your cat, wear a mask and gloves around your pet when providing care. These safety precautions can help lower their chances of contracting Covid-19.  If you think your cat has Covid-19, try not to panic. Most cats only develop mild symptoms, so they likely aren't in danger. Your veterinarian can offer more guidance on assessing your cat's symptoms and caring for them at home.

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