The pandemic Coronavirus or COVID-19 has the world in a grip of chaotic fear. With worries of getting the virus yourself, cat lovers are undoubtedly concerned about their pets too. Let’s look at the number one questions.
- Can my cat give me COVID-19?
There is no evidence to date that supports this according to the World Health Organization.
- Can I give my cat COVID-19?
There is no evidence to date that supports this either. The virus does not seem to be transmissible from humans to animals. However, constant testing is taking place.
- Can my cat be a passive carrier?
Yes, your cat can be a passive carrier. Dr. Pilossoph, a nationally recognized veterinarian says, “To demonstrate the concept of passive carriers, pretend you were infected with the COVID-19 virus and you decided to snuggle your outdoor cat before letting it outside to roam the neighborhood. Your cat, for a short amount of time, could pass virus particles to any human who subsequently pets them.” In this scenario, your cat was a passive carrier for coronavirus infection, he says. “If you performed a coronavirus test on that same cat, it may test weakly positive, not because it’s infected with the virus, but because the virus is on them from your snuggle session.”
HOW TO KEEP YOUR CAT AND YOU SAFE
-Cats should be kept indoors or roaming limited and supervised. A roaming outdoor cat is susceptible to coming into contact with the virus and becoming a passive carrier.
-Include your cat in your preparedness plan. If you get sick and are quarantined, you should make sure you have extra pet food and litter on hand. You should have someone in mind who can take care of your pet if need be.
-If your cat has been exposed to the virus through you, you should quarantine your cat too. If your cat has the virus but is not sick, kitty should be quarantined in your home. That means keeping him/her in a bedroom away from other cats and pets.
-WHO advises washing our hands with soap and water after contact with pets. Avoid coughing or sneezing around your cat. It is the owners, not the pets, who have a higher risk of spreading the virus.