According to the news of the BBC, experts from Utrecht University in the Netherlands performed swap and blood tests on cats and dogs sharing the same house with people who caught covid-19.
Within the framework of the study, 310 pets were tested in 196 households where people infected with Kovid-19 lived in the last 200 days.
In the study, the test results of 6 cats and 7 dogs were positive, and it was seen that 54 pets developed antibodies against Kovid-19.
It was stated that most of the infected cats and dogs did not show any symptoms or had very mild symptoms.
Another study conducted by the University of Guelph in Canada revealed that cats that share a bed with their owners are particularly at risk for Covid-19 infection.
Within the scope of the study, 48 cats and 54 dogs from 77 households were examined whether they developed antibodies against Kovid-19 and their owners were asked whether they interacted with their pets.
While the test results of 67 percent of owned cats and 43 percent of dogs were positive, this rate was found to be 3 percent for stray cats and 9 percent for dogs in that region.
While a quarter of pets had symptoms of Kovid-19 such as decreased appetite and difficulty breathing, an increased risk of infection was observed in cats that were more likely to sleep close to their owners’ faces.
Utrecht University’s Dr. Els Broens, “If you have COVID, avoid contact with your cat or dog, just as you would with other people. The main concern is not the health of the animals, but the reintroduction of the virus into the human population by pets.” said.
While experts point out that there is no recorded case of Kovid-19 passing from pet to owner, Broens noted that they cannot say that this probability is zero percent.