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Getting Answers: Can pets spread COVID-19?

Coronavirus Getting Answers

(WKOW) -- Two pet cats in New York tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the cases are the first in companion animals in the United States.

The agencies say the cats had mild respiratory illnesses and are expected to recover.

The cats are thought to have contracted the virus from people in their households or neighborhoods.

According to the CDC, while it appears some animals can get the virus from people, there’s no indication the animals are transmitting it to human beings.

Still, the CDC is recommending that people prevent their pets from interacting with people or animals outside their homes -- by keeping cats indoors and dogs out of dog parks.

If you become sick with COVID-19, the CDC recommends having another member of the household care for your pet. Officials also advise against petting and cuddling your pet if you are sick with the virus.

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