SARS-CoV2 / COVID-19 in cats
Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) was first described in 2019 as the cause of COVID-19 in humans. SARS-CoV2 is a betacoronavirus and is distinct from the commonly occurring feline coronavirus (FCoV), an alphacoronavirus which can cause feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) in a minority of infected cats. It is also distinct from the coronaviruses that affect dogs and ferrets.
SARS-CoV2 is primarily a virus of humans, but infections of cats, dogs, ferrets and mink have been reported (known as reverse zoonosis). The virus can be especially infectious to mink (and likely also ferrets). Zoo animals can also be infected and there have been reports of infection of lions, tigers, snow leopards and puma.