Cats in the struggle against coronavirus
Cats are always in the spotlight. So, we decided not to miss the opportunity to tell you about another advantage of felines during the pandemic!
Even though cats can sleep for most of their lives and the fact that they are lazy creatures – pets have their advantages.
In addition to being faster and nimbler than us, cats have a faster metabolism and as it turns out, cats can heal and recover from coronavirus infection faster!
Cats and coronavirus
The pioneer among furry purrs was a domestic cat from a Belgian family back in March 2020, where members were sickened by COVID-19. This positive test result confirmed that cats can also be infected with COVID-19. The case also prompted more research into the coronavirus in cats and the collection of medical history.
In addition, there have been other cases of domestic feline coronavirus in the United States. Among the felines that can contract the virus were big cats, such as tigers from the Bronx Zoo in New York. Wild cats, as it turns out, have also been infected with the coronavirus. According to zoo officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is the bats that carry the virus infection. Hamsters and ferrets can also be carriers of COVID-19.
But still, let’s return to the fact that our furry friends can survive the disease coronavirus much easier and without any special complications.
The latest data came from scientists who conducted research at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the Latvian University of Life Sciences and Technology.
Although no cats with covid symptoms have been recorded in Latvia. Employees of the university decided to check the presence of viral infection in their wards. As it turned out, the test showed the presence of antibodies to coronavirus in cats.
Then the university staff conducted a study among other Baltic cats that had any contact with infected humans, animals. Cats from shelters and households took part. As a result, inflammation of the upper respiratory tract and other signs/symptoms of coronavirus were found, but COVID-19 itself was not detected.
According to scientists, cats don’t feel symptoms of coronavirus for a long time, about 2-3 days and then there is a recovery phase. And the degree of contagiousness is also not high compared with humans.
Let’s wait for an update from scientists – why the cat’s body is more resistant to coronavirus infection?