We have already covered the corona virus and what it means for cat owners in a previous blog post. However, as things have moved on somewhat since then we thought we would give you some updated guidance as shared by ICatCare.
The good news is that at this time there is still no evidence to suggest that humans can spread the virus to their pets. This provides us with great relief as during these crazy times we all appreciate having that essential contact with our beloved animals. In fact, so much so that #quarantinecats was recently trending on Twitter, bringing some much-needed smiles when people needed them the most. I will share some of my favourites at the end of this article.
Keep Up the Good Hygiene
Even though currently it appears that we cannot spread the virus to our pets it is important to maintain good hygiene when interacting with them. Wash your hands, try not to allow your pets to lick the faces of others and it is wise to stop face kisses for the present time. There is no need to abandon your pets or have them rehomed, which sadly some people have considered due to the worry of spreading COVID-19.
If you do need to self-isolate because you have symptoms or have COVID-19, the current recommendation is to restrict the contact you have with your pets during that time.
Visiting the Vets
You may find that your local vets are no longer operating as usual due to the restrictions placed on all of us at this present time. Vets are still able to provide their services, but they will most likely have systems in place to protect themselves and any visitors. It is a good idea to give them a call before you visit so you are fully aware of any systems in place, such as waiting in the car until you’re called and so on. This is especially important if you have any symptoms, in which case you are to call the vets and let them know.
Quality Cat Time
Some cats are not keen on changes to their routine. If you and the family are spending more time at home, it is important to respect your cat’s routine and allow them to go about their day as usual. Ensure they have quiet places around the home that they can escape to if the home becomes too busy for their liking.
It is also vital that all family members are aware of any rules surrounding indoor only cats. Remind everyone to be vigilant when opening front and back doors, closing gates and so on. Creating a secure garden for your cats and dogs can help to reduce this stress.
Spend time coming up with solutions to any problems that may be caused if you were to show symptoms or come down with COVID-19. Who can you call to take care of your pet if you are not able to? Talk to family and friends to set up a solid plan for all scenarios.
It’s always good to end with something positive, so here are a few of the #quarantinecats who are being forced to spend more time with their humans as they lock down many parts of the world. Which are your favourites?
Share your photos of your own #quarantinecats with us over on our Facebook page.