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“He gave it to the cat!”

A tabby cat lies against a grey background.
By Lynn Fredrickson

Milwaukee, WI
United States

My son (who is an adult) was sent home from work to be tested for COVID-19 due to a co-worker being positive. He seemed mostly ok, just fatigued and stuffed up. HOWEVER, my cat, who sleeps with him every night, and who has never been ill, was VERY sick and almost seemed to be choking — short of breath, hot dry nose, and could not even climb the stairs (he isn't old). THAT is when I knew my son's test would come back positive. He gave it to the cat!

Yes, he was positive but had mild symptoms other than the fatigue. The cat was also good to go in about 4 days. So far I did not catch it (I am type A positive [blood type – researchers have looked for possible connections between blood type and infection] and have asthma [which may be a risk factor for severe illness] so was nervous). That was over a month ago now.

[Editor’s note: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “At this time, there is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19….A small number of pet cats and dogs have been reported to be infected with the virus.” Learn more about COVID-19 and animals.]

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