The new coronavirus has caught two cats in New York, federal authorities reported Wednesday. Both had minor respiratory problems, so they expect them to recover completely.
“They are the first dogs to test positive in the United States,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture said during a joint statement with just the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wednesday.
The agencies stressed that there is no proof that pets play a part in transmitting coronavirus in the US. “There is no excuse for taking action against pet animals that could jeopardize their health,” they added.
According to authorities, Doctors have screened the two cats since showing respiratory problems and they enter the ranks of eight lions and tigers who got the virus at a New York zoo.
A doctor examined the first house cat after showing slight breathing symptoms but none of the individuals in her family happen to have the viral infection.