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What You Need to Know About Cat Flu

Can cats get the flu? According to recent data canine influenza can, in fact, cause cat flu. Here’s what you need to know.

Jackie Brown  |  Oct 10th 2017

Cases of the highly contagious canine influenza have been on the rise in the United States since an outbreak of the H3N2 subtype of the virus in Chicago in 2015. Although people cannot contract dog flu, cats are not necessarily immune.

Cornell University’s Baker Institute for Animal Health recently published a fact sheet regarding canine influenza that contains a warning to cat owners: Cats are occasionally diagnosed with H3N2, aka cat flu. The organization suggests keeping dogs with canine flu away from cats up to 21 days as a precautionary measure. For more information, visit, and do a search for Canine Influenza Fact Sheet.

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Jackie Brown is a freelance writer from Southern California who specializes in the pet industry. Reach her at

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