Our feline friends are not immune to COVID-19.
According to Hong Kong’s Agricultural and Fisheries department, the cat has not exhibited any symptoms of the illness and will continue to be monitored.
The cat’s owner, a 25-year-woman, is reportedly in serious condition.
This is the second cat to come down with coronavirus. Earlier this week, it was reported that a cat in Belgium tested positive for COVID-19 upon also being infected by their owner. The owner had recently traveled to northern Italy, which is a hotspot for the virus.
Unlike the Hong Kong feline, the Belgium cat showed symptoms including trouble breathing, diarrhea and vomiting. The cat reportedly recovered after nine days.
In the two cases, the animals were infected by humans.
According to the World Health Organization, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19 to humans.
The CDC echoes the same sentiment and states, “We do not have evidence that companion animals, including pets, can spread COVID-19.”
The news of the felines becoming infected comes as two dogs in Hong Kong, a Pomeranian and a German Shepherd, had previously tested positive for the virus.
The 17-year-old Pomeranian became the first dog to die from coronavirus after being released from quarantine while the two-year-old German Shepherd has remained in quarantine and has not shown any symptoms.
As of Wednesday, the United States has reported more than 210,000 positive human cases of coronavirus, with at least 4,669 deaths, according to CNN.