Pet owners have been warned to limit contact with their cats after a Chinese study found felines are ‘highly susceptible’ to coronavirus.
Testing on animals during the pandemic has been limited but there have been a handful of positive covid-19 cases seen in pets across the world in the last fortnight.
The UK government’s website insists there’s ‘no evidence’ of animal transmission in Britain but the team at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China have found that cats are ‘highly susceptible’ and the virus can easily be transmitted between felines, according to the Guardian.
The experiment included five cats that were inoculated with a high dose of the disease and three of them were placed in cages next to unaffected cats. Results then showed that one of the previously unaffected cats had tested positive for the virus, proving that it could be transmitted through respiratory droplets.
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