Two pet cats have been confirmed as suffering from SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, the CDC announced on Wednesday (April 22).
It’s the first time the virus has been found in domestic animals in the United States.
Cats can become infected with the new coronavirus but dogs appear not to be vulnerable, according to a study which prompted the WHO to say it will take a closer look at transmission of the virus between humans and pets.
The cats were from different areas of New York state and both were taken to vets suffering from mild respiratory illness.
The first cat came from a household in which none of the residents had any symptoms.
The second cat’s owner was later diagnosed with COVID-19.
However, another cat in the same household appeared to show no signs of infection.
Both cats are expected to make a full recovery.