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Pet owners with Covid-19 have passed on the virus to their cats in the UK

A team of scientists has identified two known cases of human-to-cat Covid-19 transmission in the UK.

In the study, led by the University of Glasgow and published today in the Veterinary Record, researchers describe two cases of human-to-cat SARS-CoV-2 transmission, found as part of a Covid-19 screening programme of the feline population in the UK.

A Siamese cat, the breed that one of the cats that tested positive for Covid belonged to (Image: ncjMedia)

The cats, both different breeds, came from two separate households and displayed mild to severe respiratory signs.

Researchers from the MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR) in partnership with the Veterinary Diagnostic Service of the University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, believe both cats were infected by their owners, who were also displaying Covid-19 symptoms prior to the cats becoming unwell.

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