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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Herbert

COVID-19 and cats

Do I have to keep my cat inside if I am ill?

If you’ve been diagnosed with, are suspected of having or are displaying characteristic symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is advisable to minimise the amount of time your cat spends outdoors unsupervised. If possible, keep your cat indoors if they are happy to be kept indoors. Ensuring your cat continues to get daily activity is important for their wellbeing. Try the following:

  • consider ways to play that do not involve direct contact with fur or saliva

  • try a fishing rod toy with feathers – allowing your cat necessary mental stimulation at a distance to you

  • if your cat does continue to play with catnip toys or balls, you should avoid touching these or thoroughly wash your hands with soap and hot water after handling them

  • don’t forget to maintain good hygiene, washing your hands with soap and hot water before and after handling your cat. Try to keep close interactions with your cat, such as petting, to a minimum if you can

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