Our coronavirus information on this page is written in line with guidelines issued by the Westminster government for England. If you live in Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you may also be subject to additional restrictions. Our advice is a guide for pet owners and should not be taken as legal advice. Alongside government advice, we are giving suggestions from Blue Cross experts to help pet owners apply the new measures to caring for their pets. We are updating this advice as frequently as possible, so please keep checking back or sign up to our coronavirus email updates
Government guidance states that it is rare for an animal to catch coronavirus. If they do contract the virus, they often only show mild symptoms and are better within a few days.
There is some evidence that infected people can pass coronavirus to cats, but this is limited. To help reduce the spread of the virus, you should follow good hygiene routines, such as washing your hands before and after touching you cat, its food or its bedding. You should also avoid sharing good with your cat and avoid contact such as kissing or cuddling if you are self-isolating.
Washing your hands with soap and water after stroking your pet helps protect against viruses and bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella.
There is no evidence that washing your cat controls the spread of the virus and you must only use products that are made for pets if you do decide to bath them.
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause disease in animals.
Covid-19 is a new strain of the coronaviruses that, like seven other strains throughout history, is thought to have made the jump from animals to humans, though the exact source of this strain is still under investigation.
The most common human symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. If you think you may have coronavirus, follow the latest advice found on the NHS website.