Cat tips during COVID-19 pandemic

A lot of vets are implementing COVID-19 pandemic policies. These changes are meant to protect you, your pet, and the entire veterinary staff. For example, some policies that are seen in many vet practices are: No human inside the clinic, drop off and pick up outside the door, no cash payment, etc

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE follow these instructions. This is to protect your beloved vet clinic staff. You don’t want them to be sick. If they are sick, they can no longer take care of your animals. So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call them ahead of time and follow their instruction to the T. I can’t emphasize this enough. 

Animals and COVID-19

Even though there is no evidence that cats and dogs can catch COVID-19, certain precaution is necessary: 

  1. Include your pet in social distancing – do not allow them around anyone when they are outside. Someone who is a silent carrier could touch your pet and you will be at risk if you touch your pet afterwards. 
  2. Decide on an Emergency Pet Guardian – this is someone who will take care of your pet if you are not able to take care of them. Please download this FREE document, give it a serious thought, speak to a suitable person and follow the included checklist accordingly.
  3. If you become sick, have the person listed above start taking over your pet as soon as possible and have them give your pet a bath. Cats and dogs can’t catch COVID-19, but their fur could be carrying droplets, the same way your hands can be carrying droplets.
  4. Keep a 4 week supply of food and medications on hand for your pet.
  5. If your pet requires home-cooked meals, consider finding a commercially available alternative or freezing meals ahead of time.
  6. If you do not have anyone to take care of your pet, please let the doctors/nurses/government know that you have a pet. Consider carrying a card like this
  7. Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccines, this has nothing to do with COVID-19, this is to keep them healthy if they have to be boarded somewhere.

Cat specific tips:

Cats love their routines, and obviously there is a drastic change in our routines right now. If you are working from home and the kids are off school, cats could be stressed by the extra noise and extra movement at home. Please make sure there are places for cats to hide if they want to be away from it all (don’t we all sometimes at this stage?) High places, extra cardboard boxes for hiding. If you have a spare room, consider making it a “cat room” so that the cats can go in there if they need some quiet time alone.  

Working from home with a cat has its challenges, it takes coworking and hot-desking to another level. You might need to consider a decoy keyboard…

Credit: https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/b1tay1/the_decoy_keyboard_is_working/

decoy laptops….

Credit: https://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/1db96z/decoy_laptop_success/

or even fake lap. 

Credit: https://people.com/pets/clingy-cat-sits-fake-lap/

You might also want to refer to this document by AVMA with more information for pet
owners: https://www.avma.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/covid-19-faq-pet-owners_031620.pdf.

On another note, it is important for us to stay healthy so that we can take care of our furry friends. You need to help yourself before you can help others. Thankfully, our furry friends are giving us strength by being always there for us. However, if you feel you need to speak with someone, please check out the list of phone numbers of this link. We are all in this together

https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/4/mental-health-services/connecting-for-life/news/supports-and-services-during-covid-19.html

Maow Care continue to be with you during the COVID-19 pandemic, please check out our new service details. 

We will get through this, together. Let’s go!

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