They diagnose the first contagion of Covid from a domestic cat to its veterinarian

As far as coronavirus it refers, we are cured of frights. We have seen everything and experienced even more since the first contagion was detected back in what seems like a distant 2019. In the evolution of the disease we have been learning different data about its development and transmissibility, factors to which we have even had to adapt our lifestyle so as not to put ourselves at risk and stop the disease. And although from the beginning we know that the disease responds to a zoonosis (diseases that are transmitted between vertebrate animals and man), which jumped from a bat to a human, they were investigating whether the domestic animals they could also be possible reservoirs. Various experiments have been carried out in Dogs and cats to find out how susceptible these animals are to the pandemic.

Until recently, it was believed that it only attacked humans, but in recent times, the virus has also been detected in some domestic animals. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pets (including dogs and cats) have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. This occurred mostly after the animals were in econtact stretch with people infected with the COVID-19 virus.

There was more evidence in the case of gatos, in fact, since the early stages of the pandemic there have been reports cases of infected catsand there was research that had reported that infected cats emit virus particles that could infect other cats.


Yes indeed, there was no conclusive evidence that they develop it or transmit it to humans. This has just changed, as the first solid evidence of a transmission case of the pandemic virus from a feline to a person. The particularities of the case have been detailed in an article in the scientific media Emerging Infectious Diseases, dependent on the US Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The first specific case was the transmission of a cat to your vet. After the owner and son of this transmitted the Covid to their cat, which also tested positive and sneeze on the vet’s face, when she was taking her sample. Despite this wearing a mask and gloves, she was not wearing eye protector.

Three days later the vet began to show symptoms of the disease (fever, cough…) and tested positive, but none of his close contacts fell ill, which already suggested that he could have contracted it from the cat.

The confirmation became apparent when the genomic test of the virus in the four involved (the father, the son, the veterinarian and the cat) and it was discovered that the sequences were in any case identical.

Regardless, the researchers acknowledge that these cases of cat-to-human transmission are probably rare. The evidence available so far indicates that cats do not shed many viral particles and only do so for a few days.