ST. PAUL, MN -- A Carver County cat was confirmed to be infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans, seven days after its owner was confirmed to be infected with COVID-19.
The veterinarian reported that the cat presented at the clinic with a 105F temperature and symptoms consistent with upper respiratory illness.
The veterinarian chose to collect a sample for SARS-CoV-2 testing based on the symptoms and the fact that the owner was confirmed to have COVID-19.
The veterinarian said the cat was healthy five days after the initial clinic visit.
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health and Minnesota Department of Health recommended the cat remain isolated at home for 14 days following the positive test results.
While this is the first confirmed animal detection in Minnesota, it’s not the first in the U.S. The USDA announced cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in April in two pet cats in New York.
The Department of Health says it does not recommend routine testing of animals.