Perhaps surprisingly, yes, advice from senior vets is circulating to the effect that your cat should be kept indoors because of novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
This seems not to be due to animals catching or carrying ( spreading) the virus, but just for their general welfare. If an owner is taken sick or quarantined, somebody needs to know where the cat is and that it is safe not wandering the streets. Of course, nobody knows the full situation regarding cats and other pets just yet. Read the full advice below.
This precautionary advice comes from Dr Michael Lappin, chair of the (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) WSAVA’s One Health Committee. He implied that as Coronavirus is still an emerging situation with no certainties or studies in existence, it would be best for cat owners to keep their pets inside
If your cat isn’t used to being an indoor cat, and you not used to being an indoor cat owner, you may like to read our posts on the best cat litter for indoor cats, there’s more to it than you may think! Most certainly our cat will be staying indoors, as always. We have plenty of reasons to keep a cat indoors already without a threatening pandemic. It may be a good time to order cat food and keep a good stock.
You can read the full advice to vets issued by Dr Lappin and the WSAVA here.