Coronavirus and Pets

4 Apr 2020

April 04, 2020

Since I have so many cats that want to be close to me I decided to some researching to keep my knowledge fresh, I have come across so many horror stories of animals been thrown out of tall buildings, off balconies, dumped and left with very little water and food.

I can only imagine how internally as well as externally how these animals are suffering, how gruel is the world we live in, so I ask myself where did this deadly disease start from?

From looking through a lot of articles the experts tell us coronavirus is believed to be a "wet market" in Wuhan which sold both dead and live animals including fish and birds started in December 2019. These markets pose a high risk of viruses jumping from animals to humans because hygiene standards are difficult to maintain.

Reason being live animals are butchered on site and are densely packed meaning in normal circumstances these species would not cross each other therefore the disease will spread from species to species. Initially it was thought to come from bats and endangered eels with are a delicacy and with other animals like chickens etc this is where cross contamination can occur.

Bats have a host of zoonotic viruses like Ebola, HIV and rabies.

So how does this spread? The coronavirus is airborne which lingers for a longer period which spreads by droplets in air conditioning and ventilation systems. Viruses can be active outside the body for hours even days. The best solution is normal soap because the weakest link is the lipid fatty bilayer, soap dissolves the fat membrane and the virus falls apart like a house of cards and comes inactive.  Other ways of combating the virus is disinfectants, liquids, wipes, gels and creams containing alcohol are all useful at getting rid of them although not as good as normal soap.

The virus spreads easily since the virus spreads via droplets when a person coughs or sneeze the droplets land on surface and are picked up on the hands of others once they touch their face mouth nose or eyes then the virus enters, important to use soap and sanitizing gel. Therefore, it is so important to have at least two meters from an infected person.

From all the articles I have come across only one cat caught the virus from their owner it is unlikely for domestic pets to past onto humans if any thing the owner passes onto their pet other animals in the household could get the virus since it is air borne.

There are four common human corona viruses

 229E and OC43 have been recognized as causes of the common cold for many years and cause frequent reinfections throughout life.

NL63 Causes respiratory symptoms

HKU1 Severe respiratory symptoms

So, look after yourselves and your pets they are a living soul that needs you and in return will give a lot of love and affection.