Symptoms of novel coronavirus infection in cats can be coughing and upset stomach. This “MK” said the laboratory found the first case of SARS-CoV-2 cat. The experts said, whether to test Pets with similar symptoms who besides Murzik can catch the coronavirus from a man.

As reported by “MK” subordinate to the Rosselkhoznadzor laboratory of the fgbi “VGNKI”, the clinical manifestations of COVID-19 in cats can be discharge from the nose, shortness of breath, cough, vomiting, or gastrointestinal disease. Animals with these symptoms and those Pets who are in close contact with infected people, suggest to send for testing.

In Moscow, it can be done only in the clinical diagnostic center at the fgbi “VGNKI”. The analysis will take 1,200 rubles, and in the case of a positive result, send the information to the CPS. In the laboratory, do not exclude that with a cat on a 14-day quarantine will be closed and the owner.

the Dean of the faculty of bioengineering and veterinary medicine DGTU, doctor of biological Sciences, Professor Alexey Ermakov noted that during experiments in 2003-2004, cats and ferrets were susceptible to SARS-CoV, using the same mechanism of infection, and SARS-CoV-2. The reason is that these animals have an enzyme that allows the virus to penetrate the cell, similar to human.

Other animals, including dogs, mink, chickens, geese virus is not infected. Do not worry for the inhabitants of the sea — cetaceans suffer only gammacorrectioni, so beforeeveryone infection with SARS-CoV-2 they are not threatened.

Experts were critical and listed Moscow laboratory symptoms of coronavirus in cats.

— Accurate diagnostic methods for determining SARS-CoV-2 animals are currently available, and existing test systems can give a false positive result due to the presence in animals of their species coronaviruses – feline, canine, — said Alexey Ermakov.

veterinarians do not see the point in testing the cats to the coronavirus that causes special treatment from COVID-19 Ah animals is still there.

— Named symptoms may be any manifestation of other diseases. Therefore, it is unclear what to test. If this mass testing for scientific research is another matter, and in the treatment of the animal, this information does not help. No special treatment for animals and veterinary doctors treat the symptoms, which are. If the cat sneezed, go to the doctor and he’s getting it treated, — said the President of Association of practising veterinarians Sergey Sereda.

the Expert also fears that the message about the disease of cats, people will start to abandon Pets, despite the fact that NAU��experimental data about transmission of the virus from animal to human not.