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4/3/2020 "An animal shelter has urged people seeking the comfort of a dog or cat in their social isolation to imagine a life post-virus before adopting a furry new family member. A companion animal might appeal when you're stuck at home and barred from visiting friends and family, but what happens when life returns to normal?" "During times of stress dogs and cats can provide people with happiness and cheer them up," the charity's Suzana Talevski said. "But we don't want them used that way and then suddenly discarded when they're no longer needed." - news.com.au
6/5/20 "Concerns are growing over the number of cats being abandoned in Charlie Lake. In one case, the North Peace SPCA says six cats were left in a wire cage at the Mile 54 boat launch, and smelled of urine and feces. In another, a cat was found at the Montney Park boat launch missing parts of her tail, and both of its ears lost to frostbite. The cat was likely pregnant too, but lost her litter to malnutrition, the SPCA said." - Alaska Highway News
6/8/20 "A small number of companion animals worldwide have been naturally infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19." "Human-to-animal transmission of SARS-CoV-2 can occasionally occur. Animals are not known to play a substantial role in spreading COVID-19, but persons with COVID-19 should avoid contact with animals. Companion animals that test positive for SARS-CoV-2 should be monitored and separated from persons and other animals until they recover." - CDC
5/29/20 "Severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causes the infectious disease COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019), which was first reported in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Despite extensive efforts to control the disease, COVID-19 has now spread to more than 100 countries and caused a global pandemic. SARS-CoV-2 is thought to have originated in bats; however, the intermediate animal sources of the virus are unknown. In this study, we investigated the susceptibility of ferrets and animals in close contact with humans to SARS-CoV-2." - Science
Susan Thixton, from TruthAboutPetFood.com, has just released another important story: "Staffing shortages or shutdown of slaughter facilities related to COVID 19 is causing some livestock producers to euthanize animals. The concern is where those euthanized animals will end up – and what health consequences pets could suffer consuming pet food that contains an euthanized animal." Read this story here.
6/9/20 "Although there are documented cases of humans spreading the novel coronavirus to their pets, it is unlikely that domesticated animals can spread the virus to humans, according to a new report. Researchers from CDC and the Department of Agriculture studied two cases reports of domestic cats with confirmed coronavirus infection." - APhA
6/8/20 "After two cases of COVID-19 were reported in domestic cats earlier this year, an investigation led by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA, found no evidence of additional transmission to humans, according to an MMWR report." - Healio News
6/7/20 "Cats infected with COVID-19 through human contact can rapidly spread the disease to other felines, a study has shown. Researchers from the University of Tokyo and other institutions said they placed together three pairs of cats—one infected with the novel coronavirus and the other uninfected. Within six days, all six cats tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus." - The Asahi Shimbun
6/5/20 "The Illinois Department of Public Health said a cat in Illinois has tested positive for COVID-19. They said the cat tested positive for the virus after getting sick in mid-May. They were in a home with people who also tested positive for COVID-19. IDPH did not say which county the cat lived in." - WCIA
Maria S. Bonino, Founder/Director of EndFIP® / Luca Fund for FIP Research answered my question about the relationship between the coronavirus we're hearing about in the news and the feline coronavirus. "The coronavirus you hear about in the news has nothing to do with FCoV (feline coronavirus). Read more about FCoV on this page.
3/19/2020 Humane Society of the United States
Dr. Lauren Adelman from Canada West Veterinary Specialists keeps us informed this week. - Vancouver Sun
Dr. Shawn Clark from the Redmond Veterinary Clinic in Redmond, OR gives a good summary of the current virus situation
Note: The publisher of CatNewsNow.com does not verify the veracity or truthfulness of any story. It's our job to gather stories for you. It's your job to find the truth for yourself.
Some of you keen-eyed readers may look at the dates on the stories below and wonder why there aren't more current stories presented. After all... news about the pandemic continues to flow like water from a faucet right?
Fact is, pandemic stories come across my desk daily, but most of them are re-hashed from previous stories, and others are just re-writes of the same story using different language. In other words... there hasn't been any new stories lately worth publishing .
6/3/20 "Cats exhibit cold-like symptoms, such as runny nose, fever and cough, when infected with the novel coronavirus, the Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Supervision informed on Wednesday." - TASS
6/2/20 "Researchers at Colorado State University have made important discoveries about domestic cats infected with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that could address concerns about human-to-animal transmission and the role domestic pets might play in spreading the virus." - News Medical Life Sciences
6/2/20 "A pet cat in Carver County has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. The cat tested positive seven days after its owner was confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus. A dog in the house remains healthy. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health and Minnesota Department of Health recommended the cat remain isolated at home for 14 days following the positive test results." - KIMT3
5/15/20 "Routine testing of animals not recommended despite its availability" "Pet owners took notice when Hong Kong animal health authorities announced in late February that oral and nasal samples from a 17-year-old Pomeranian tested weakly positive for SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19." - AVMA
5/13/20 "Cats can get the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and pass the virus on to other cats, according to a study led by a UW-Madison researcher. The laboratory study, which was published Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine, confirmed cats are able to become infected with SARS-CoV-2 — the official name of the new coronavirus — and transmit it to other uninfected cats." - Madison.com
5/12/20 "Secured head-to-toe in a white protective suit, mask, gloves and booties, animal welfare enforcement supervisor Sean Gallagher entered an apartment in northeast Miami in late March to take custody of a dog.
"The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recommends pet owners have an emergency plan in place: identify a friend or family member who can care for your pet should you become sick, have up-to-date veterinary records and proof of vaccinations, and stock up on food and medications that could last a few weeks." - Action News Now
4/28/20 "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is low, but the agency says it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. That was the case for a family in North Carolina, whose pug was diagnosed with the virus." - 8newsnow
4/27/20 "Last week in upstate New York, two pet cats tested positive for coronavirus — the first confirmed cases of the virus in pets in the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the cases in a release that states the cats live in separate areas of New York state." - The Eagle
4/27/20 VIDEO: "After two feline friends in New York became the first U.S. household pets to test positive for the coronavirus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says pet owners should take the precaution of simply treating pets like "other human family members."- abcNEWS
4/26/20 "It was confirmed this week that two domesticated cats had been infected with the coronavirus in the United States. Following early news reports of lions and tigers showing COVID-19 symptoms at a New York zoo, this is the first case of household pets testing positive for the illness." - Popsugar
4/24/20 "Now that the CDC and the Department of Agriculture have confirmed that two cats in New York have tested positive for coronavirus, local veterinarians say cat owners should stay calm. Dr. Bobbi Kotrba owns Craven Animal Hospital in New Bern and says that right now, it is unclear how cats get the virus and if they can transmit it to humans." - wcti12
4/22/20 "Two cats in New York City have tested positive for the novel coronavirus — the first cases of the disease confirmed in pets in the United States, officials announced Wednesday. The CDC and the Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories said in a joint statement that both cats had a mild respiratory illness and were expected to make a full recovery." - BuzzFeed
5/5/20 "After recent confirmed reports of pets testing positive for COVID-19 (a pug in North Carolina and two cats in New York, among others worldwide), people are being advised to limit contact with animals if they themselves contract the virus." - DL-Online
5/1/20 “My cat has tested positive for the coronavirus. I have no symptoms and haven’t been tested. I informed my employer and after working most of my shift he sent me home stating I have to get tested and I need to have my vet send over my cat’s records. Can they do that?” - The Tribune-Democrat
4/24/20 VIDEO: "It looks like your feline friends might be susceptible to COVID-19… Yesterday, the CDC and the Department of Agriculture confirmed two cats in New York had tested positive for coronavirus. They are the first pets known in the U.S. to get sick from this disease." - 62CBS Detroit
4/25/20 "In a follow-up on the COVID-19 positive tiger at the Bronx Zoo reported earlier this month, the Wildlife Convervation Society (WCS) Bronx Zoo reported earlier this week that the three other tigers in Tiger Mountain and the three African lions that exhibited a cough have also tested positive for COVID-19." "The fecal tests confirmed the suspicion that all seven cats had the infection, and also determined that one tiger at Tiger Mountain that never developed a cough was also positive for the disease." - Outbreak News Today
4/23/20 "Concern is growing among pet lovers after two house cats in New York State tested positive for COVID-19. At least one diagnosis was made by a veterinarian in Connecticut."The cat presented with symptoms of upper respiratory infection. So sneezing, coughing, watery nose," said Dr. Melissa Salgado. Salgado said at the time, she knew that the owner had tested positive for COVID-19 and that the cat had never suffered from upper respiratory infections in the past. While the cats did have mild symptoms, they are expected to make a full recovery. - Local10
4/18/20 "Jim Breheny, the Director of The Bronx Zoo explained that three tigers and three lions were experiencing similar symptoms so they are assuming that they are positive for COVID-19 as well. Breheny says that the vets anticipate a full recovery." - HamletHub
4/18/20 "The novel strain of coronavirus responsible for the current pandemic may have evolved to infect domestic cats and many species of farm animal — potentially creating a vast haven from which it may repeatedly invade humans, new research has found. A scientific report, submitted to a journal run by the world-renowned Pasteur Institute, in Paris, has been seen by the Daily Mail prior to publication." Daily Mail
4/12/20 This is an in-depth story of how the Bronx Zoo Tiger got tested, how the results were analyzed, and how it pertains to your cat(s). - Wired
3/23/2020 "United States Department of Homeland Security officials defined some dog, cat and other food industry professionals as “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” during the COVID-19 pandemic." - Pet Business
4/15/20 "Although veterinary guidance suggested a month ago that domestic pets were not believed to be vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, new cases in animals have experts expressing more caution." - WataugaDemocrat
4/13/20 "When a Malayan tiger named Nadia became the first tiger in the world to test positive for COVID-19 after being exposed to an asymptomatic zookeeper at the Bronx Zoo, she made history. But her new-found celebrity raised concerns among animal lovers: Could COVID-19 be transmitted to domestic pets? And could domestic pets transmit it to humans?" - The Province
4/13/2020 "Since news of a cat testing COVID-19 positive in Hong Kong broke earlier this month, pet parents have been a worried lot. And with Nadia, the New York Bronx Zoo's Malayan tiger testing positive as well, their concerns have only increased. Even cases of pet abandonment are cropping up around the city..." - The Times of India
4/12/2020 "Should we be concerned with our dog greeting other dogs and should we worry about the cats going outside? There was the news of the tiger in New York testing positive and there also seem to be reports of both a few cats and dogs testing positive. Can you enlighten us on the facts?" - Boston Herald
4/12/2020 "AS coronaviruses are notoriously promiscuous, we may see some animals being detected with the Covid-19 virus, as what has been reported in dogs, cats and tigers. This does not always mean infected animals are transmitting the virus to humans or other animals. There is no cause for alarm, since all these animals are mildly ill, and they recovered after a few days. The animals harbour Covid-19 in small amounts, which are not enough to spread to humans." - New Straits Times
4/11/2020 "As a usually active voluntary run branch, we are all feeling quite helpless. But, we can still help remotley with welfare advice in these challenging times. We have listed some frequently asked questions and our answers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and cats, writes Peterborough Cats Protection branch spokeswoman Sheridan Gaunt. Can cats catch coronavirus (COVID-19)? Do I need to be worried about transmitting the illness to my cat?" - Peterborough Telegraph
4/10/2020 "Writing for Nottinghamshire Live, Dr Ashley Davies, who graduated from The University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in 2016, says that research shows that isn't the case, and keeping cats indoors may lead to other serious complications." - Nottinghamshire News
4/7/2020 "As confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to rise across the globe, the virus has affected all aspects of life, from the economy to schools to jobs to how you do your grocery shopping. USA TODAY readers have asked us hundreds of questions about the outbreak: Do I need to disinfect my groceries after shopping? How will we know when this virus has been cleared? Has anyone with preexisting conditions gotten the coronavirus and survived?" - USAToday
4/6/2020 "Seven tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo in New York developed dry coughs and other symptoms of coronavirus after being exposed to a zookeeper "asymptomatically infected with the virus," according to a press release from the zoo on Sunday. This follows a report that a Belgian woman with Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus,infected her pet cat in early March. But even though the cat had respiratory problems and high levels of the virus in its vomit and feces, researchers aren't yet sure if the cat was sick from Covid-19 or another illness." - CNN Health
3/23/2020 "It’s a scary time right now, and everyone is adjusting to a new normal. During this time of social distancing, we should all be trying to do our part to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. This means staying home, eating in, and reducing unnecessary contact with others. While our pets are probably loving this extra cuddle time with us, what do you do if they need to go to the veterinarian?" - PETMD
3/24/2020 Pet owners can take comfort that there are no expected shortages from human grade ingredient pet food manufacturers, AND that independent pet food stores are taking measures to keep their clients safe and pets well fed. It could vary from state to state, but U.S. Homeland Security has issued guidance declaring pet food stores and pet food manufacturers as “essential” businesses that will remain open during the many COVID-19 business closures. Read more here
4/6/2020 "Dr Sarah Caddy, Veterinarian and Clinical Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, has spoken out after a Malayan tiger and six other tigers and lions fell ill in the US." "Dr Sarah Caddy, Veterinarian and Clinical Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, said the reports was not wholly unexpected as new research suggests domestic cats can be infected with the virus if large doses are administered into their noses." - Mirror
4/6/2020 "Health officials are issuing coronavirus guidance for pet owners. It’s important to know that there are different types of the coronavirus. Some cause illness in people, while others make animals sick. The CDC is aware of a small number of cases of animals getting the coronavirus after being in close contact of a person who’s a carrier. While there’s no evidence that pets can spread the coronavirus to other animals or people, a local veterinarian urges all to take steps to prevent it from happening in the first place." - WSBT
4/6/2020 "Experts from Hong Kong and Britain have urged cat owners and the public in general not to overreact to unverified scientific reports suggesting they might be at risk of contracting Covid-19 from their feline companions." "A separate study, also released last week, appeared to show the possibility of inter-feline transmission of the coronavirus, after healthy cats that had been in proximity to infected ones were found to have contracted it." - TheStar
4/6/2020 "There has been a lot of confusion over whether pets can catch or carry coronavirus. During the early states of the outbreak, scientists and government officials initially confirmed that it wasn't possible. And last month, IDEXX Laboratories Inc in the US evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during validation of a new veterinary test system for the Covid-19 virus. The lab reported that its results echoed "the current expert understanding that Covid-19 is primarily transmitted person-to-person." However, there have been several animals reported as having contracted the killer bug, as a result of being close to infected humans." - The SUN
4/6/2020 "There is no evidence cats can transmit coronavirus to people, experts have said after a tiger tested positive for the virus at a zoo in the US. The four-year-old Malayan tiger named Nadia, and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill, are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee who was not yet showing symptoms, the Bronx Zoo said." - Belfast Telegraph
4/5/2020 "A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday. The 4-year-old Malayan tiger, and six other tigers and lions that have also fallen ill, are believed to have been infected by a zoo employee, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The first animal started showing symptoms March 27, and all are expected to recover, said the zoo, which has been closed to the public since March 16." - Hawaii News Now
4/3/2020 "Animal lovers can breathe a sigh of relief. Washington State University announced recently it has begun testing cats to see if they could potentially become infected with COVID-19. But those associated with the study want to reassure people there is currently no evidence that animals can spread the disease to humans." - Moscow-Pullman Daily News
4/3/2020 "Scientists at the Harbin Veterinary Research Institute in China directly inoculated domestic cats with high levels of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease in humans. The scientists conducted similar trials with dogs, pigs, chickens, ferrets and ducks. The virus could replicate in ferrets and cats, but none of the…" - PetFoodIndustry
4/3/2020 "A new study has found evidence which shows that cats could get infected with the novel coronavirus. However, this isn’t a cause for alarm for pet owners, as there is no evidence of cats secreting enough coronavirus to transmit it back onto humans. Also, despite deliberate infection for the study, the cats remained healthy and produced antibodies against the coronavirus." - The Times of India
4/2/2020 "Back when the shelves at grocery stores were still full, all businesses were still open and the coronavirus hadn't turned into a pandemic, ABC10 met with Dr. Niels Pedersen to talk about drugs. Pedersen, after 50 years of studying a different kind of coronavirus in cats, came up with an anti-viral drug used to effectively treat it two years ago. Now that drug is being used to treat and cure cats of a different kind of coronavirus." - abc10
4/1/2020 "Cats can get infected with the new coronavirus and they can transmit it to other cats. These are the findings of a new study, which found that the virus transmits in cats via respiratory droplets. But the study does not say that cats can spread it to humans." - meaww
3/30/2020 "Here, we investigated the susceptibility of ferrets and animals in close contact with humans to SARS-CoV-2. We found that SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but efficiently in ferrets and cats. We found that the virus transmits in cats via respiratory droplets. Our study provides important insights into the animal reservoirs of SARS-CoV-2 and animal management for COVID-19 control." SEE PDF for the entire study. - bioRxiv
4/1/2020 "A pet cat has tested positive for the dreaded Covid-19 coronavirus in Hong Kong, after apparently contracting the disease from its owner. Last week, another feline turned out to have the virus in Belgium. The Hong Kong cat patient was sent to a special animal quarantine facility on Monday, after its owner, a 25-year-old woman, was confirmed to have contracted the disease." - eurasia review
3/31/2020 "Even before Belgian health officials on Friday announced that a cat was infected with the coronavirus, pet owners were questioning whether their companions could transmit [the disease]. Health experts say there’s insufficient evidence to prove they can. But some folks could be misinterpreting guidance about staying away from them if you’re sick. The [CDC] say there’s no evidence COVID-19 can move from animals to humans, though it appears the opposite can, as in the case of the cat in Belgium last week." - Richmond Times-Dispatch
3/31/2020 "A cat in Belgium seems to have become infected with the coronavirus and may have had COVID-19, the disease that the virus causes. While the case — the first reported in cats — suggests that the animals can catch the virus, there is no evidence that felines play a role in spreading the coronavirus, and it’s still unclear how susceptible they are to the disease." - ScienceNews
3/30/2020 "The Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown has claimed another victim - pet food supplies. Pet stores across the city and its suburbs say that ever since the lockdown was imposed, pet food supplies are not arriving." - The Free Press Journal
3/29/2020 "There is some misinformation about the cat in Belgium. The AVMA, our national association, has been keeping us informed. Here is additional information from the Scientific Committee to the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC). We still don't have all the facts about the case. This is what is known.
Infection of Belgian cat: Cat became ill one week after the owner returned from Italy; owner had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and cat lived in isolation with the owner after owner's diagnosis." - Lexington County Chronicle
3/29/2020 "A cat in Belgium was infected with the novel coronavirus after coming in close contact with her owner, The Brussels Times reported Friday. The cat had diarrhea and trouble breathing, and researchers found the virus in her feces. As of Saturday, both cat and owner were reported to be doing well. The cat isn’t the only animal known to be infected with COVID-19." - The Dallas Morning News
3/29/2020 "Your pets don’t know that a coronavirus is the reason you and your family are spending more time at home these days. They’re just glad to have you around. Being around your dogs, cats and other animals might leave you wondering what effect COVID-19 has on them and how to protect them. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers about caring for your pets at this time. All information is from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture unless noted." - GoErie
3/28/2020 "Health officials in Belgium say a pet cat appears to have contracted COVID-19 from her owner, though they emphasized human-to-pet transmission seems to be extremely rare. “Recently, the veterinary medicine faculty in Liège reported that a coronavirus infection has been determined in a cat,” virologist Steven Van Gucht said at a Federal Public Service Health press conference on Friday, The Brussels Times reported. "The cat lived with her owner, who started showing symptoms of the virus a week before the cat did.” - HUFFPOST
3/28/2020 "Pet charity Cats Protection has issued advice after a cat in Europe reportedly became the first feline to test positive for Covid-19. A cat from the city of Liège in Belgium is believed to have caught coronavirus from its owner, who had tested positive for Covid-19. The animal is said to have developed symptoms of vomiting, diarrhoea and breathing difficulties about a week after its owner started to show signs of the virus. Covid-19 was subsequently detected in its faeces and vomit." - Wales Online
3/28/2020 "Among the headlines from yesterday’s meetings of the newly-empowered government and the national security council, one that caught the eye was the announcement of a cat diagnosed with coronavirus caught from its owner. The cat was reported to have caught the virus from close contact with its owner, who had recently returned from Italy. When the cat became ill, its stool was examined and traces of the virus discovered." - The Brussels Times
3/27/2020 VIDO: "While many organizations are offering aid to people in need during the coronavirus pandemic, one aspect people seem to forget is cats and dogs and shelters across the country. Many shelters, such as the Paws Humane Society of the Chattahoochee Valley, are facing hardships such as running at full capacity with kennels full of animals in need of adoption, but operating with limited supplies." - WTVM
3/29/2020 "Although experts from the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and elsewhere agree that cats and dogs are not at risk of getting COVID-19 nor transmitting it to humans, PETA is offering information about the best ways to keep animal companions and their guardians safe and healthy during this unprecedented outbreak." - KHMER TIMES
3/28/2020 "Gail Golab, the American Veterinary Medical Association’s chief veterinary officer, is quoted in the Washington Post as saying: ‘We’re not overly concerned about people contracting Covid-19 through contact with dogs and cats." - METRO
3/27/2020 "A cat in Belgian has tested positive for the coronavirus after catching the potentially deadly bug from an infected owner, officials said Friday. The sick pet in Liège tested positive after showing classic symptoms of COVID-19 — including difficulty breathing — a week after its owner first fell sick, health officials told a press conference, the Brussels Times reports." - New York Times
3/26/2020 "Cat owners fear they will catch coronavirus from their pets with some asking for them to be rehomed, an animal charity has said. Iris's Cats In Need in Stoke-on-Trent has received several calls from owners worrying their pets will make them sick. The World Health Organization said there is no evidence that pets can be infected by Covid-19. Volunteer Claire Jones said: "You cannot catch this from a cat."" - BBC NEWS
3/24/2020 "Can companion animals carry coronavirus? Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) have proven that cats and dogs are not a coronavirus risk! According to WHO, "there is no evidence that companion animals … such as cats and dogs have been infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19". - Roya News
3/23/2020 "Pet owners ask, is there no scenario where one might contract the virus from a pet? Per Infectious disease expert, Dr. William Schaffner, a professor of preventative medicine and infectious disease at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, the transmission is possible. If a person has the virus in his nose rubs his nose, passed the virus in his hand, and then pets the dog, then the virus could be transmitted. Then another member of the family pets the same dog in the same place and then rubbed their nose, the virus is again transmitted." - Nature World News
3/22/2020 "According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there is no reason to believe that pet dogs or cats can contract or spread COVID-19. While pets are not directly at risk, they may be impacted other ways." - FOX29
3/21/2020 "‘Social distancing’ is a new buzz phrase. We are all told to do it. In round terms it means limiting social contact to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. It means keeping 2 metres away from people and, in the UK, if you are over 70 staying at home for 4 months. There is no way I’ll do that." - PoC
3/21/2020 "There are a lot of subplots playing out when it comes to coronavirus pandemic. One of those subplots is shelters across the United States seeing an influx of people bringing their pets to the shelter because of fears that pet may transmit coronavirus to them. Initially, doctors confirmed this wasn't possible but one Maine company wanted to go the extra mile to prove that you will not get COVID-19 from your cat or dog that lives in your home." - WCYY
3/21/2020 "Many pet shelters are facing imminent closure as Coronavirus takes hold, with one warning that if new owners cannot be found, its cats will be put into cages. The devastated adoption centre staff are now urging people who might be thinking of adopting a cat to do so sooner rather than later. Otherwise, the poor felines face a very uncertain and bleak future." - WAMIZ
3/19/2020 "Antech Diagnostics, part of Mars Petcare, announced today that its data upholds the conclusions of leading human and animal health organizations, which conclude there is currently no evidence that dogs or cats have been infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, SARS-CoV-2. Antech's active surveillance program is intended to detect any possible emergence of the virus among companion animals." - Yahoo
3/19/2020 "Our four-legged friends cannot contract Covid-19, yet many false reports are putting them in danger, says Marie Carter" "Despite the World Health Organisation (WHO) stating that pets, ergo all “animals”, cannot get or transmit coronavirus, there persists a dangerous ignorance that is causing pets to be put to their deaths at worst, or sent to already under-pressure animal shelters, at best." - Independent
3/12/2020 "Idexx Laboratories Inc. has evaluated thousands of canine and feline specimens during its validation of a new veterinary test system for the COVID-19 virus, more commonly known as the coronavirus, and it has some good news for pet owners. The Westbrook-based veterinary diagnostics company said it has seen no positive results in either cats or dogs, confirming earlier assessments that the most popular household pets cannot contract the disease." - PressHerald.com
3/19/2020 "No evidence has been found that the coronavirus COVID-19 can be passed between humans and dogs, cats or other companion animals, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But, should pet owners worry about their dogs or cats picking up the novel coronavirus infection?" - PennLive
3/19/2020 "Pet owners can breathe a sigh of relief. COVID-19 is believed to have originated from exotic animal food markets in Wuhan, China, but household pets such as dogs and cats do not appear to be carriers. A statement from the American Veterinary Medical Association can help put pet owners at ease: “If you are not ill with COVID-19, you can interact with your pet as you normally would, including walking, feeding and playing. You should continue to practice good hygiene during those interactions.”" - The Times Tribune
3/19/2020 VIDEO: “This is the one time we want you to think of your pet as a surface,” Dr. King added. Medical experts said they do not believe humans can pass the current novel coronavirus to animals. “The short answer is no,” Dr. King said. “The long answer is pets do get coronavirus but dogs get their own specific dog coronavirus, cats get their own specific cat coronavirus and humans are getting their own specific human coronavirus.” - WISTV
3/24/2020 "Veterinarians still say it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted from humans to pets, and vice versa." "Whether or not your pet can become infected with the COVID-19 virus has produced some confusion. While some reports have surfaced that pets cannot contract the virus, other reports say it is still possible. So what’s the truth? “The facts haven’t really changed, although we continue to develop more nuanced understanding,” said Dr. Kate Creevy, associate professor of small animal internal medicine and the Mark Chapman Chair in Shelter Medicine at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences." - Texas A&M Today
3/20/2020 "Whether you’re now working from home, self-isolating or even ill with COVID-19, here’s what you should know about the novel coronavirus and your cherished kitties. According to the experts, you CANNOT catch COVID-19 from your cats nor can you give it to them. The web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: “At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals, including cats, can spread COVID-19.” One caveat: until more is known about this particular virus." - The Columbian Blogs
3/20/2020 "During this unprecedented pandemic, many pet owners are finding themselves quarantined at home with their four-legged family members and facing related challenges they never imagined possible. One thing people do not need to worry about is their pets getting COVID-19. "There is no evidence that your dog can get COVID-19," said Jeff Randazzo, Macomb County chief animal control officer." - Macomb Daily
3/20/2020 "It's Day 5 of the school closures related to coronavirus social distancing. The take-home academic worksheets are done and the kids are getting retless. There is no lacrosse practice. They're running around. And the cat is peeing ... outside the box." - Patch
3/20/2020 "Like most everything else since the arrival of coronavirus, your pet’s visit to the vet’s office will be a different experience than it was a week or two ago. You might not even leave your car. Local veterinarians are making significant adjustments to daily business so they can continue treating animals while following procedures to minimize the spread of COVID-19." - Green Bay Press Gazette
3/19/2020 "While maintaining the health of yourself and the people around you is at the forefront of the world’s focus during the coronavirus (a.k.a., COVID-19) pandemic, these headlines and memes have brought up an important question: What about your pets?" - USA TODAY
3/18/2020 "People are responding to requests for donations of dog and cat food for senior citizens in the Miami Valley who receive Meals on Wheels. On Monday, the Senior Resource Connection asked for donations of pet food because the agency was not able to reach its usual donors and its shelves were empty. Director of Nutrition Sharon Howard said today donations started coming in yesterday." - WHIO TV7
3/18/2020 "If you’re a pet owner working from home in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic means you’re spending a lot of extra time with your furry friend. That’s great news overall (has your pupper ever gotten this much attention?), but it also might heighten your worries about how the coronavirus could affect your pet" - Huffpost
3/17/2020 "While the veterinary community is still dealing largely with unknowns amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, most of what they do know might come as a relief to pet owners.
COVID-19, a potentially deadly respiratory illness, is believed to have originated from exotic animal food markets in Wuhan, China — but domestic dogs and cats themselves do not appear to be carriers." - New York Post
3/16/2020 "There is a lot about this virus that the scientists understand but there is also quite a bit that they don’t. When asked, the experts will say that there is no evidence that people can give the virus to companion animals. Clearly this does not preclude the possibility that evidence might be available in the future because we are still learning." - PoC
3/12/2020 "World Health Organization (WHO), and animal health groups are reminding owners to include pets in their preparedness plans. In addition to guidelines typically suggested for preparing for a natural disaster threat, the Humane Society of the United States(HSUS), the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA), and Orange County Animal Services have published recommendations specific to COVID-19 those with animals should consider." - Veterinary Practice News
3/15/2020 "Coronaviruses belong to a large family of viruses that are seen in virtually every animal, including humans. They have mutated for tens of thousands of years to create new viruses, jump species and infect new hosts. Some virus mutations result in new viruses that are very adept at infecting the new species. When this happens, a new virus is born. This is the story of COVID-19." The Eagle-Tribune
3/14/2020 "According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no animals in the United States have been identified with the virus, and there is no evidence that dogs or other pets can contract or spread COVID-19. Health officials across the United States remain on high alert due to COVID-19, and veterinary professionals might receive questions about the virus from other staff members and clients. Here’s what veterinary professionals need to know about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19:" - WVNews
3/13/2020 "As concern continues to climb over the novel coronavirus, also called COVID-19, the Human Society of Greater Dayton wants to reassure everyone that your pets will not give you the virus." "In a release, the Humane Society spelled out in bold type, “Infectious disease experts, as well as the CDC, OIE, and WHO indicate there is no evidence to suggest that pet dogs or cats can be a source of infection, including spreading COVID-19 to people.” - Dayton Daily News
3/13/2020 AUDIO: "In addition to preparing for your pet's care if you and your furry buddy are quarantined together, also consider what might happen if you just can't get home. Let your neighbors know your pet might need some care, or have a trusted friend who will make sure your four-footed companion is taken care of." - Alabama Public Radio
3/13/2020 "With the new coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, governments have instituted travel restrictions and health officials are recommending social distancing measures such as working remotely, staying home as much as possible, and limiting public activities. If you've been stocking up on such staples as toilet paper, bottled water, and non-perishable food items, don't forget to prepare for your pets' needs as well." - Insider
3/13/2020 "Yesterday, the WHO’s coronavirus myth-buster page said there was no evidence that animals such as dogs or cats could be infected with virus. Today, that section is gone. The WHO told Quartz in an email that, “currently, there is no evidence that pets such as dogs and cats have infected humans with Covid-19.” - Quartz
3/12/2020 "It’s hard to escape news of the coronavirus these days—and if you have pets, you’re probably not only worried about the possibility of contracting the virus yourself but also about coronavirus in cats. With the recent news of a dog in Hong Kong that tested positive for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, pet owners may be concerned about passing the contagion on not only to family and friends but also to their furry companions." - Reader's Digest
3/12/2020 "A relief to pet owners: there’s no evidence that companion animals such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus as of now, according to the World Health Organization." - Quartz
3/12/2020 "When a Pomeranian in hong Kong tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 last week, pets quickly became part of the coronavirus conversation. The case raised the alarming possibility that pets could become part of the transmission chain for the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, which could potentially harm both them and us. But many questions remain about this possibility and how best to respond." - Science Magazine
3/12/2020 "Protecting our loved ones from coronavirus is the aim of the game at the minute. But what about your loved ones who aren't human? The PDSA estimates that 50% of UK adults own a pet, which means half of us have a furry (or not so furry) friend to worry about too. There have been a number of reports about dogs catching coronavirus, but apparently this isn't a reason to be concerned." - METRO
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