Cats and Coronavirus 101
Cat Owners: How should you prepare for Coronavirus?
It’s a scary time right now, as Covid-19 makes its way around the world bringing a lot of infection and uncertainty. I am sure you have thought about keeping yourself safe, and have organised all of the necessary provisions and requirements needed to keep going. But have you stopped to think about your cats and what they may need to feel safe in this crisis too? Below are some of the answers to your Coronavirus cat questions.
Can you give Covid-19 to your cat? Can you catch it from your cat?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) so far there is no evidence that companion animals and pets can spread Covid-19. And many veterinary professionals have also said that “it does not appear at all that cats or cats can serve as a host for this virus”. Good news to all us pet owners as it means we can safely be around our loving companions and not live in fear that they too could catch it.
“I’m sick or quarantined, what precautions should I take with my cat?”
WHO recommends that if you have been exposed to the virus or have indeed caught it, you should keep interaction limited with your pets – the same way you would with people in your home.
They are not so worried that the pet may get it, but more of a precaution in case you sneeze on your pet and someone else touches it. It could merely be a carrier for the virus the same way as metals and fabrics have the ability to keep the virus alive for 6-12 hours.
If you have been infected with the virus or fear you may have it, it is best to leave the handling of your cat to someone else in the home, who is not sick and let them be the primary caregiver until you have the all-clear.
“I’ve stocked up on supplies for myself, how can I make sure I have everything needed for my cat in this time?”
It’s a great idea to have extra supplies on hand for your pet, as you may not know when you will be able to get to the supermarkets again to purchase them. Experts say you should plan like you would if it were a natural disaster, making sure you have enough food, medication, supplements and toys for at least a 2 week period on hand at all times. Luckily canned cat food has a long shelf life, so it is possible to store emergency food for your cat for multiple years.
“What if I am in quarantine and my cat needs to go to the vet?”
If your cat is due for a routine check-up, it is best to call your local vet to explain what is going on and to ask if you can reschedule to a later date. However, if it is an emergency situation, it’s important that you call the Department of Health and they will be able to instruct you on the best possible option.
The takeaway from this post is to make sure you understand that your cat doesn’t pose any risk to you provided you follow the necessary tips listed above and have enough food, water and medication to keep your cat happy and healthy!