Can animals catch Covid-19?
Yes, some species of animal can catch Covid-19 through close contact with an infected person, but fortunately it’s extremely rare. In addition, the virus doesn’t seem to affect animals as severely as humans, and the chances of them spreading it further are very low. The main driver of Covid-19 spread is human-to-human contact.
Although extremely unlikely, it's been shown that dogs can catch Covid-19 from infected humans. Most don't show symptoms, those that do tend to be mild, and there is no evidence to show that they can pass it back to humans or other animals.
Cats can catch Covid-19 from infected humans but rarely develop symptoms (and if they do they tend to be very mild). It's possible that cats can pass it to other cats, but there is no evidence that they can pass it back to humans.
Rabbits can catch Covid-19 from infected humans, but don't develop symptoms and aren't contagious to other rabbits or any other species.
Ferrets can catch Covid-19 from infected humans and in some cases develop symptoms and spread it to other ferrets. Based on mink infections, it is believed there is a possibility that ferrets could pass Covid-19 back to uninfected humans (but this hasn't been proven). Read more about ferrets below.