Cat owners should get Covid vaccinated to protect their cat. I don’t think I have heard that before. There’s been lots of promotion of the need to get vaccinated to protect other people. It is known that when you are vaccinated you are less likely to pass Covid to other people. You are less likely, also, to pass the Covid virus to your companion animals. So, getting vaccinated protects others including pets. It is something that I think pretty well everyone ignores because they just don’t see the seriousness of it. I think they are incorrect because I recently wrote an article about domestic cats developing myocarditis, a heart disease, because they contracted Covid from their owners (most likely). This can damage the heart. It is serious.
In this instance a team of scientists proved on a genomic sequencing basis that the owner of a cat and dog passed Covid to them. They traced the process through DNA analysis. The man lives in Arizona. He wasn’t vaccinated. He did little to protect himself and his pets. He had houseguests who also weren’t vaccinated. He recovered from Covid and both his pets were asymptomatic (without symptoms but infected).
Genetic testing showed that the owner and his cat and dog were all infected with an identical strain of coronavirus. The virus had spread from the owner to either the cat or dog or both the researchers concluded.
The cat and dog were apparently confined to an apartment. Therefore, they had no opportunity to contract the virus through contact with others outside. This makes it highly likely that they were infected by their owner. And, the scientists confirmed that it was the owner who exhibited Covid symptoms first.
This study is the only one to include genomic sequencing of the virus from both pets and owners. I know it is very boring to most people if not everybody to talk about protecting pets from Covid. But all the advice from the experts, the veterinarians and the scientists, states that people who have contracted the virus should protect their pets. They are members of the family. In terms of protection from a very serious virus they should have equality to humans in the household.
Yes, protecting pets is going to be tiresome because it includes wearing masks when around pet cats or dogs. It includes not cuddling or kissing them or allowing them to lick their faces or sleep with them. Pet owners with Covid should have minimal contact until they are cured.
As at September 1, 2021, more than 180 cats and dogs have tested positive for coronavirus in the United States according to the researchers who did this study. The study was published in November 1 in the journal One Health.
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