An Iraqi man feeds stray cat on an empty street amid coronavirus pandemic.
Gulf Today Report
A team of Chinese researchers has revealed that cats can pass coronavirus to other cats.
Researchers from Harbin Veterinary Research Institute found that cats are susceptible to contracting COVID-19 but no other animals such as dogs and chicken.
Also, there is no direct evidence that cats would be able to infect their owners, said the researchers.
"We investigated the susceptibility of ferrets and animals in close contact with humans to SARS-CoV-2. We found that SARS-CoV-2 replicates poorly in dogs, pigs, chickens, and ducks, but efficiently in ferrets and cats," said the researchers.
They found that the virus transmits in cats via respiratory droplets.
"Our study provides important insights into the animal reservoirs of SARS-CoV-2 and animal management for COVID-19 control,” the authors said.
The study comes after a cat in Belgium tested positive for the coronavirus last week, after catching the coronavirus from an infected owner.
Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dogs and cats, a move that comes after the coronavirus outbreak was linked to wildlife meat, prompting authorities to ban the trade and eating of wild animals.
Authorities in Shenzhen said that "dogs and cats as pets have established a much closer relationship with humans than all other animals", adding that the ban "also responds to the demand and spirit of human civilization".
Last month, a Pomeranian dog who was declared coronavirus free after being quarantined at a government facility in Hong Kong and sent home after testing negative died, although it was not clear whether COVID-19 killed the animal.
The city could become the first in China to declare cat and dog meat illegal if the proposition passes with public support.
The first thing that all people, not just pet parents need to understand is that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has clearly stated that there is no evidence of animals, including dogs and cats, spreading the Covid-19 virus.
A new study examining air samples from hospital wards with COVID-19 patients has found the virus can travel up to 13 feet (four meters).
President Xi Jinping said on Friday that China will never allow its sovereignty, security and development interests to be undermined, and that the Chinese people are not to be trifled with.
Nigeria’s president has urged an end to unrest sweeping the country but avoided mentioning the police shooting of unarmed demonstrators that sparked international condemnation and unleashed chaos in Africa’s biggest city.
An explosive Colorado wildfire that has already forced the evacuation of several mountain communities and the closure of Rocky Mountain National Park blackened another 45,000 acres (18,200 hectares) on Thursday as it jumped the US Continental Divide.
Democrat Joe Biden renewed his criticism of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic at Thursday’s final debate before a Nov.3 US election, while Trump leveled unfounded corruption accusations at Biden and his family.