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We want to reassure our clients that the COVID19 virus is spread from human to human. There is no evidence that animals can pass the disease to humans. They can act as fomites, so the virus could be on their fur (the same way it is on door handles, trolleys etc.) so the advice is to continue to practice good hand hygiene.
- Only if an owner has symptoms should they consider keeping their cat in, and only if the cat is happy to do so.
- Do not force a cat to stay indoors as this can significantly harm its health and welfare. Many cats cannot stay indoors due to stress related medical issues and may have trouble toileting indoors.
- You should not touch a cat if it is not yours.
- Everyone should wash their hands before and after playing with or feeding their cat.