Sumary of SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted by cats:
- Jose Gonzales and colleagues reviewed studies that investigated cat-to-cat SARS-CoV-2 transmission either experimentally or under natural conditions within infected households.
- Some field and experimental data have shown that cats are susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection, occasionally exhibit mild clinical signs, and may be able to transmit the infection to other cats.
- Related StoriesThe team reviewed published experimental and observational studies describing SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission between cats.
- All cats were intranasally inoculated with SARS-CoV-2 (doses ≥ 105 PFU [plaque-forming units]) and transmission was monitored by longitudinally measuring virus shedding in nasal, fecal or oropharyngeal samples.