How do I know if my cat has coronavirus?

URI in a cat. Typically caused by the herpes virus. Photo: urbananimalveterinary.com

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The bottom line is that if you want to know whether your cat has coronavirus you will have to take him or her to a veterinarian who will take a swab sample from your cat’s nasal passages and the back of her throat and send that sample to a laboratory where they will tested for coronavirus. The symptoms of coronavirus include an upper respiratory infection which is typically caused by the herpesvirus. Therefore you won’t know whether your cat has a coronavirus infection simply by seeing the symptoms. You may be concerned that she has a coronavirus infection if you have been tested positively for coronavirus yourself. This is because the known transfer of this zoonotic disease to cats is from their owners.