Anthropogenic transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to pet cats highlights the importance of monitoring felids for exposure to circulating variants. We tested cats in the United Kingdom for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies; seroprevalence peaked during September 2021–February 2022. The variant-specific response in cats trailed circulating variants in humans, indicating multiple human-to-cat transmissions over a prolonged period.


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Tyson, G., Jones, S., Logan, N., McDonald, M., Marshall, L., Murcia, P., Willett, B., Weir, W. & Hosie, M. 2023, 'SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and cross-variant antibody neutralization in cats, United Kingdom', Emerging Infectious Diseases, 29(6). https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2906.221755

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