Cats, Dogs, and the Coronavirus: What You Need to Know

A German shepherd, a Pomeranian, a house cat, and a tiger have all tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but the overall risk to animals is low

Derek Najdzin hangs out with Duke, a West Highland white terrier, in Meridian Hill Park during the coronavirus outbreak on April 7, 2020. Photo: Tom Williams/Getty Images

While at first it sounded like the universe was playing a giant Tiger King-themed prank, there’s mounting evidence that cats — wild and domestic — really are susceptible to the novel coronavirus.

“Infections of dogs and cats are possible, but they’re very rare.”

Health and science writer • PhD in 🧠 • Words in Scientific American, STAT, The Atlantic, The Guardian • Award-winning Covid-19 coverage for Elemental

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