You’ve probably seen plenty of posts on how to take care of your family and yourself during the pandemic. However, many of us have other household members that we want to keep safe and healthy. Of course, I’m talking about the furry kind, in this case, cats. Luckily you can find out all you need to know on this topic in our post below.
Get stocked up on supplies
First of all, as we are all trying to limit the time we spend in public outside of our homes, popping to the shop because we have forgotten to stock up on litter isn’t really on. That means we should stock up on all the kitty supplies we need for two weeks to a month, including food and treats.
The good news is that online sites like Time for paws make this quick and easy to do. By using a website that delivers, you do have to leave your home to visit the pet store anymore. The reason for this is that you can get healthy pet foods and excellent quality supplies delivered directly to your door. Something that means you can do your bit concerning public health, and make sure your pets are taken care of during this unprecedented time.
Make a plan for if you get sick
While all of the social distancing measures we are undertaking to minimise the chances of getting sick, there is still a small risk that you may get COVID-19. Of course, if you suspect that this is the case and you have symptoms as described here, it’s vital that you isolate for at least seven days from when you show symptoms. While other household members not showing symptoms need to isolate for 14.
While it’s true that cats are pretty self-sufficient as long as they get food, water, and litter, isolation can create problems when it comes to pet care.
Therefore it is vital to create a plan as to who will take responsibility for their care if you are no longer able.
Spend some time together (safely)
Lockdown is the perfect opportunity to spend some extra time with your cats. Although you will need to make sure you do this safely. Now, the jury is out as to whether pets can transmit the virus. Either via their mucus membranes or on their fur. However, antibody tests done in Hong Kong have shown that they can get COVID -19. Fortunately, the virus does not seem to affect pets as severe as it does humans. Therefore you don’t need to worry about your beloved fur baby getting sick.
On the other hand, it is essential to take sensible precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. That is why organizations such as WHO are recommending you wash your hands before and after petting your cats. Oh, and be sure to limit physical contact with them if you are ill, just in case their fur could harbour and transmit the disease. After all, when it comes to corona, you and your cats, safety is definitely better than sorry.