The veterinary community is struggling with the new coronavirus pandemic and most of their knowledge could be a relief to pet owners.
COVID-19, a potentially fatal respiratory disease in humans. But domestic dogs and cats cannot be infected or carriers. So what precautions should you take with your cat during childbirth?
Can my cat be contaminated?
The World Health Organization is currently reporting that there is no evidence that pets / pets such as dogs or cats may be infected with the novel coronavirus.
So animals are not expected to spread the disease. We know that the current coronavirus can be transmitted from person to person, especially by resolute droplets that would be emitted when coughing or sweating. The risk is very small, but a person with the coronavirus can let the cat drip by tearing it for example. If this cat comes in contact with others, they may come in contact with their droplets, and thus become infected.
But this is a very small risk as most cats will not allow themselves to be exposed to strangers outside. This means that the cat prefers to be in contact with other family members, who will be more easily infected by sharing the same rooms in the house.
However, if you are ill with COVID-19 then it is best for a healthy family member to take care of your cat or, if this is not possible, the infected person should wear a mask and wash themselves carefully. before and after contact with her cat.
Wash your hands and leave the cat at home
The easiest and simplest way for you to avoid contamination through your cat’s fur is to let it out while the quarantine is in order. The “Stay at home” formula is also valid for your cat.
Then you have to prepare yourself so that your cat feels the best possible during childbirth. You will need to keep her occupied and make sure her litter is completely clean. This will allow you to invest in your master-cat duo in another way.
There are tons of ways to take care of your cat and provide physical and mental stimulation during this health crisis. The main thing is that everyone is safe. Remember to maintain proper hygiene measures and make sure your barrier gestures like washing your hands, even with your cat. Thus you limit all risks.
How to wash your cat?
You can of course manage your cat’s environment. But if it continues to go away and you need to wash it, there are some precautions you can take to avoid harming your feline.
While you probably wouldn’t put the words “cat” and “bath” together in the same sentence (unless it included the word “never!”), Sometimes it’s a necessity for everyone.
Cats will usually be more exposed and anxious in a large tube. A simple solution is to use a sink, which will make your cat safer and easier to handle than in a bathtub.
Do not use human shampoo on your cat, as it may damage its skin and dry it out. In the same vein, do not use bleach, detergent or hydro-alcohol gel in particular. This can result in the death of the animal or very severe skin burns.
Use cat shampoos, laundry detergent sprays or even soap and Marseille water. This is the best way to wash your entire cat or just its paws. Be aware that you cannot wash your cat every day, this damages its entire skin and makes it more vulnerable to external attacks.
Finally, if the cat does not like the bath, do not trample it. You can experience it in a positive and gradual way. Anyway, don’t be angry if he doesn’t let you go. It is up to you to prove to him that he can trust you during this time. Forcing or abusing him verbally and / or physically can traumatize him and erode the trust you agree to.