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Can my cats get infected with or spread the virus

Coronavirus: Can my cats get infected with or spread the virus?

5 important answers to your questions about how to keep your (fur) family healthy and happy!

In this current global pandemic we are all facing very difficult times. We know that you will be worried about your family and friends and how to best care for your cat right now.

We are committed to helping cat parents through this challenge with answers to questions about healthcare and ways to keep your cat as happy as possible.

1. Can my cat get infected with or transmit COVID-19?

The good news we are all pleased to hear is: No, they can't!

The World Health Organization has emphasized that there is no evidence that pet animals can be a source of infection of COVID-19 or that they can become sick with this virus. But, as anything in your home, your cat fur is a surface that could carry the virus. So read carefully our hygiene tips below!

2. What can I do to keep my cat and my family healthy?

Hygiene rules!

To minimize any possible risk, follow the same hygiene practices with your cat as with other humans:

1. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after each contact with your beloved pet (of course, sing “What’s new pussycat” in your head!)

2. Do not sneeze or cough in the environment, but into your arm

3. Avoid kisses from your furry baby (…and friends and relatives) 😉

4. Wash your cat’s bedding and equipment regularly at hot temperatures

5. Disinfect your cat’s litter box regularly

3. Since everybody is staying at home, my cats behave differently. Why?

Cats can be very sensitive to small changes in the house. Maybe your cat is hiding or scratching the carpet or walls? These can be signs that your cat is stressed by the new situation.

More people around, less peace and quiet for your cat to follow its own routine [link to modern life page].

Here are 5 FELIWAY tips to help your cat to cope with the new situation:

  1. Create elevated hiding spaces for your cat. Your fur baby will love it!
  2. Teach your kids not to disturb the kitty while it's sleeping, eating or using the litter box
  3. Treat your cat with something extra nice from time to time: Food is love, right?
  4. Use a FELIWAY CLASSIC Diffuser  to help your cat get comfortable with the new situation
  5. Don't forget to play your cat’s favorite game

Yes, it really is a lot of trouble to reorganize your life right now, but do not forget to play with your cat regularly. 15 min. every evening is a much better and more satisfying for your cat, than 1 or 2 hours at once every weekend to keep your kitty entertained.

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4. What can I do to keep my cat and myself happy in uncertain times?

Try not to panic! Stress is not good for anyone's health. Your cat will feel your worries and will suffer, too.

If possible, keep up the most of your daily routines. Your kitty is your personal Zen master: Cuddling, playing and spending mindful moments together with your beloved family is still the best therapy in uncertain times.

Petting your cat is not a risk factor, we recommend doing that regularly!

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Stay safe!

The FELIWAY team

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Links and resources: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

 

 

 

 

 

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