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Cat – Spain

Added 18 May 2020
Updated 2 September 2020

The cat lived with a family in which several members had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The cat was taken to a veterinary hospital with marked respiratory signs and a rectal temperature of 38.2 C.

Blood results showed marked anaemia and thrombocytopaenia. Radiography revealed a broncho-interstitial pattern with increased opacity throughout the lungs. The cat’s condition deteriorated, and he was euthanased and sent for post-mortem (Biosecurity level 3).


  1. Ministerio de Agricultura (2020) Comunicacion de un caso positivo a SARS-CoV-2 en un gato en espana (11/05/2020) [online]. Available at: [Accessed 18 May 2020]
  2. Ministerio de Agricultura (2020) Informe sobre caso de gato asintomatico positvo al virus SARS-COV-2 en Espana (08/06/2020) [online]. Available at: [Accessed 15 June 2020]
  3. Ruiz‐Arrondo, I. et al (2020), Detection of SARS‐CoV‐2 in pets living with COVID‐19 owners diagnosed during the COVID‐19 lockdown in Spain: A case of an asymptomatic cat with SARS‐CoV‐2 in Europe. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases