Coronavirus in cats: What are the symptoms of COVID-19 in a pet? Owners warned

She continued: “I thought maybe fluffier ones would be more ready to catch any sneezes or cough droplets. But you can’t draw any significance from that.”

While it seems possible for humans to transmit the disease to cats, there is no evidence of the obverse.

Experts have recorded only a handful of instances of human to animal transmission since COVID-19 emerged, and they are eager to discover whether the disease had to evolve before it crossed the species barrier.

But Professor Hosie said this doesn’t seem to be the case.