“Unproven” Cats Can Pass Covid-19 | New


Britain can cope with social distancing for humans. But what about her cats? It is quite another thing.

When the British Veterinary Association (BVA) seemed to suggest yesterday that the ten million British cats should join their locked-out owners, it was not well received.

Instead, it triggered a chain of events that began with the crashing of the BVA website, followed by a “clarification” from its president, and ultimately resulted in the invocation of the highest country’s feline authority: Larry the Downing Street cat.

It is becoming increasingly clear that cats can get coronavirus. Scattered accounts of pets with the disease, as well as a tiger in a New York zoo, suggest that it can break the human species barrier. A recent Chinese


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