HUMANS are giving their cats Covid, according to a new study.

Top scientists at Glasgow University have found two known cases of human-to-cat Covid transmission, with one kitten dying after catching the disease.

The findings, published today in the Veterinary Record, raise concerns about the chances of animals reintroducing the deadly bug to humans as the risk of person-to-person transmission dies down, according to Professor Margaret Hosie a virus expert at Glasgow University.

But there is currently no evidence of cats, dogs or other pets passing on the disease to humans and it’s not known if infected animals can pass the virus on to their human owners.

Researchers believe both a four month-old Ragdoll kitten and a six-year-old Siamese moggy were both infected by their owners.

The kitten’s health got worse after the virus diagnosis and eventually had to be put down by a vet.

Thankfully, the second cat’s symptoms were mild and she later made a full recovery.

Both were found to have been infected with Covid but the second cat’s virus samples showed no signs of mutating from the strain circulating among humans, although a comparison sample was not available.

Scientists involved in the project think that the two cases are an underestimate of the true numbers of pets infected by the killer virus.

Prof. Hosie added: “These two cases of human-to-animal transmission demonstrate why it is important that we improve our understanding of animal SARS-CoV-2 infection.

It is important to improve our understanding of whether exposed animals could play any role in transmission.”