On 8th April 2020, the BBC released a statement regarding keeping your cats indoors during lockdown. We would like to clarify that this statement from the British Veterinary Association (BVA) is not advising all cats to be kept indoors. Only cats that are living within households where individuals are infected with COVID-19 are being advised to stay inside, and then only if your feline friend is happy to do so – some cats may not be able to due to stress-related medical conditions.
The reason this is advised for cats living in households with infected individuals is that the virus could be on their fur in the same way it could be present on other surfaces. Therefore it is essential to maintain good hygiene when handling your pet at this time.
As per our previous statement regarding Coronavirus and our pets, the World Health Organisation of Animal Health (OIE) have advised that: “There is no evidence that dogs (or cats) can contract or spread infection of COVID-19.” Pet owners are at no more risk from their furry friends than they are inanimate objects such as a door handle. The best approach is still to stick to good hygiene, using soap and water to wash hands regularly throughout the day.
Read full BVA statement here – www.bva.co.uk/news-and-blog/news-article/bva-statement-on-cats-and-covid-19