The COVID-19 Pandemic has brought a time of upheaval for everyone around the world. These are challenging times for everyone. For pet owners, the pandemic has been a confusing and demanding trial. With a lot of questions bubbling within, pet owners have lacked access to legitimate information. We will attempt to clear some air and offer reliable solutions to keep your cat safe during COVID-19.
Pets can transmit COVID!
The first step to create a safe and healthy atmosphere for your cat during the pandemic is to understand how pets can transmit COVID. There have been various reports of detecting COVID in pet cats across many countries.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has stated that, “Cats (domestic and large cats), mink, and dogs have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in the field setting, following contact with humans known or suspected to be infected with SARS-CoV-2. In the field setting cats have shown clinical signs of disease including respiratory and gastro-intestinal signs.”
Here are a few things to keep a healthier environment for your cat.
Maintain a healthy household environment
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can be killed by nearly all common disinfectants. Disinfect your house and areas where your cat interacts the most. Wash your hands before and after petting your cat or touching their food supplies.
Restrict your cat’s outdoor activities
This point might sound harsh as cats are active and exploratory creatures by nature. Yet, it is essential to restrict your cat’s activity to some extent to protect the cat and also the human around it. A cat that is habituated to outside access might find this unsettling at first, but be patient and take care of your feline friend.
Contact your vet virtually in case you need guidance
Veterinary clinics have also been hit along with other businesses due to the pandemic. If your cat feels sick or it needs vaccination, then before directly going to the clinic, try consulting your vet on the phone. In any case, do not attempt to treat your cat with human medication, as it makes them seriously unwell.