5 essential tips for cat parents during isolation
Isolating at home with your cat due to pandemic restrictions can be stressful for both of you. Here’s how you can make it easier and safer!
- Create a plan for who will care for your cat in your home should you contract COVID-19.
- Have an ‘emergency kit ready in case you cannot leave your home:
- Two weeks’ worth of your cat’s food and cat litter
- Any medications your cat requires
- New food bowls and an extra litter box can be useful should someone else need to care for your cat.
Create a new routine
Try and create a new routine. Being at home all the time is new for the human members of the home and can be confusing for cats. Put aside time for playtime and grooming sessions with your cat.
What happens if my cat is unwell?
Veterinary clinics in affected areas may only be able to see urgent or emergency cases. If you have a routine healthcare appointment for your cat booked in the next few weeks, call your vet to discuss what steps they have put in place for routine appointments. You may be asked to postpone routine care such as vaccinations. It may be appropriate for your vet to discuss your cat’s health via a consultation on the phone or a video link.
If you are worried about your cat’s health during this time, contact your veterinary clinic by phone initially to discuss your concerns. Your vet will decide whether your cat needs to be seen at the clinic.
- Don’t leave your house if you are self-isolating. Is there a family member, friend or neighbor who can take your cat to the clinic if this is required? Your vet clinic may be able to assist you with this as well.
- Veterinary clinics have measures in place to protect you and their staff members, so please follow their instructions, which may include:
- Only one person accompanying your cat into the clinic
- Call from the parking lot when you arrive instead of checking in at the desk.
- If you do enter the clinic, sanitize your hands first.
- Avoid contact with people and keep a 6-foot distance while in the clinic.
- Wash your hands when you leave the clinic as well as when you return home.
- Some clinics may request you stay in the car while your pet is in the clinic.
Being restricted to home is challenging for us all, but your faithful four-legged companion will be happy to see so much of you. Planning ahead will help to keep your cat healthy through this period of isolation.
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The FELIWAY team
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