Coronavirus UK: Cat owners urged to keep pets indoors – Can pets catch the coronavirus?

“Canine coronavirus, which can cause mild diarrhoea and feline coronavirus, which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), are both alpha-coronaviruses.”

Until the appearance of COVID-19, formerly dubbed novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), there were only six coronavirus strains known to infect humans with respiratory illnesses.

These strains were the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East repository syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

The veterinarian group said: “Currently there is no evidence that pets or other domestic animals can be infected with this new coronavirus.

Additionally, there is currently no evidence that pets or other domestic animals might be a source of infection to people with the new coronavirus.