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Coronavirus UK: Cat owners urged to keep pets indoors – Can pets catch the coronavirus?

Coronavirus UK: Cat owners urged to keep pets indoors - Can pets catch the coronavirus? 1

“Canine coronavirus, which can cause mild diarrhoea and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), are both alpha-coronaviruses.”

Until the appearance of COVID-19, formerly dubbed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), there were only six coronavirus strains known to infect humans with respiratory illnesses.

These strains were the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East repository syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The veterinarian group said: “Currently there is no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with this new coronavirus.

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Additionally, there is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals might be a source of infection to people with the new coronavirus.

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