MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Milly, a 13-week-old kitten waits with her brother Charlie (L) to be re-homed at The Society for Abandoned Animals Sanctuary in Sale, Manchester which is facing an urgent cash crisis and possible closure on July 27, 2010 in Manchester, England. The Society for Abandoned Animals exists entirely on public support and unless it can raise GBP 50,000 in the next couple of months it will have to close down. The registered charity started in 1967 and in the last five years alone the charity has rescued and found homes for more than 1,000 cats, 290 rabbits and 262 dogs. The rescue centre is one of the many who are suffering a downfall in donations due to the economic recession.

The Covid-19 pandemic is ever evolving and now, we may also need to take our fur-babies into consideration…

Last week, a tiger in the Bronx Zoo tested positive for Coronavirus and now six more big cats are developing symptoms.  It is still not known how these animals contracted the virus, but veterinarians are now advising pet owners to keep their furry friends indoors.

The British Veterinary Association and other officials say there is no concrete evidence to support direct transmission from domestic animals to humans, but there is still a possibility of transmission from cat-to- cat (hence the Bronx Zoo situation.)

The only real known concern at this time would be an infected individual touching the fur of a domestic animal and you touching that same animal.  So while it isn’t likely your mostly-outdoor cat would pass the virus to you directly, there is a general worry of other outdoor cats getting yours sick or vise versa, and also the risk of an infected person getting in their quick drive-way nose boop from your pet and them tracking it back indoors.

As a cat owner myself, I certainly want what’s best for all fur babies so protect your kitties and others and let them have a little extra indoor time during the outbreak if at all possible!

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