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Can I let my cat outside during the coronavirus pandemic?

The Government has told people to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak. People are being told to work from home, and some people can leave their homes to collect essential items such as food and medicine.

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Can I let my cat outside during the coronavirus outbreak?

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During the coronavirus outbreak the PDSA stress the importance of daily activity for your cat’s physical and mental health.

If you are not self-isolating and are not considered vulnerable under the Government’s advice, you do not need to stop your cat from going outdoors.

Cats Protection outline on their website: “If you’re currently well but in the vulnerable category set out by Government – e.g: over the age of 70, have an underlying health condition or are in precautionary self-isolation, we’d recommend the same measures as for those with suspected coronavirus (COVID-19).”

Cats Protection advise: “If you’ve been diagnosed with, are suspected of having or are displaying characteristic symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), it is advisable to minimise the amount of time your cat spends outdoors unsupervised. If possible, keep your cat indoors if they are happy to be kept indoors.”

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Can I let my cat outside during the coronavirus pandemic? (Image: GETTY)

For all pet-owners, especially those self-isolating, it is advisable to take sensible precautions with your cat (Image: GETTY)

If you are self-isolating, either because you have symptoms of coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who has, the PDSA advise you to keep your cats indoors for this period.

The PDSA website reads: “While there is no evidence that pets can spread the disease to others, or become sick themselves, it’s advised to take precautions until more is known about this particular new strain.”

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The PDSA add staying indoors can be “stressful for cats if they are not used to it”, and have issued advice on reducing stress and keeping cats entertained on their website HERE.

For all pet-owners, especially those self-isolating, it is advisable to take sensible precautions with your cat.

During the coronavirus outbreak if your pet is unwell or you are concerned about them, it is recommended you call your vet for advice (Image: GETTY)

While there is currently little evidence humans can pass coronavirus onto pets, it is recommended you still take precautions with your pet.

This means minimising contact with your pet as much as you can, because there is still a lot to learn about this virus and how it spreads.

The PDSA add: “If your pet is staying with you, try to minimise contact as much as possible.

“It may help to have another person in your household take on the day-to-day care of your pet while you are ill.

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“Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands before and after touching your pet, their food or other pet related items, or when disposing of their waste, and follow all other NHS self-isolation guidelines.

“Avoid kissing your pet or letting your pet lick you, especially your face, and don’t share food with them.”

During the coronavirus outbreak if your pet is unwell or you are concerned about them, it is recommended you call your vet for advice.

You should not take your pet to the vets unless you are told to do so.

During the coronavirus outbreak the PDSA stress the importance of daily activity for your cat’s physical and mental health (Image: GETTY)

Can cats get coronavirus?

Cats Protection state on their website: “A recent report in Belgium stated that a cat owned by a woman with coronavirus (COVID-19) developed symptoms including vomiting, diarrhoea and breathing difficulties and a type of coronavirus was detected in the cat’s faeces and vomit.

“This might be the first possible case of human-to-cat transmission and if so, is extremely rare.

“There is still no evidence that cats can transmit the virus to humans and it is important that owners should not worry unnecessarily.

“As a precaution, it is advised that owners should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling their pet and those infected with coronavirus (COVID-19) should be particularly mindful by minimising contact.”

Originally Published Here Daily Express :: Life Feed

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