A pet cat has become the first animal in the UK to be diagnosed with Covid-19, it was revealed today.
Health experts believed the pat cat must have caught covid-19 from its owners and ‘not the other way round’.
Downing Street said the feline, from England, had shown respiratory symptoms including shortness of breath.
Both the cat and its owners have made a full recovery and there was no transmission of the virus to other animals or people in the household, health bosses said.
Experts have warned people to avoid cuddling their pets if they have the virus. They also advise keeping cats indoors so there is zero risk they can spread germs around a neighbourhood.
It is not the first time an animal has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 in humans.
The first dog in the world to catch coronavirus died after it was declared disease-free and returned home to its owner in Hong Kong.
The 17-year-old Pomeranian, whose owner caught Covid-19, had been quarantined at a government facility but returned home over the weekend.