COVID-19 Advice

The advice International Cat Care and the International Society of Feline Medicine are giving remains as previously stated by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA):

  • For households with no symptoms of COVID-19, take normal sensible hygiene precautions and wash hands after handling pets.

  • For owners more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to underlying health issues the same advice applies, take sensible hygiene precautions when handling cats with outdoor access and avoid close contact.

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you should avoid direct interaction with pets if possible, and wear gloves and a mask, and wash hands before and after handling any pet.

  • There is no current evidence of transmission from pet fur to humans, hence no current advice to clean pets before handling them. The use of disinfectants on pets may cause significant distress to both animals and humans, and potential toxicity or chemical burns (especially for cats), so this is not recommended at this time.

How Are We Covid Secure?

  • Please phone from the car park so that we can check you and your cat in safely

  • We ask for all complete paperwork and gather the normal information on the cat beforehand via google forms.

  • We ask if owners are showing any signs of COVID-9 infection to let us know immediately

  • If possible,  please can only one person bring the cat

  • We wipe over the surface of the cat carrier with disinfectant before putting it down and then either return to the client (preferred) or store away from contact with people or animals, wash hands after any contact with the basket or cat

  • No paperwork should be accepted from the client. 

  • We do not allow any visiting of the cat

  • Make sure that you have provided a secondary contact and owners’ wishes should the worst happen and they cannot collect their cat for whatever reason.

Settling the cat in and caring for it

  • Put the cat in its unit and leave it quietly. We do not advise wiping down the cat as that requires interaction which could actually bring cattery workers into closer interaction with the cat. Many cats would be fearful or aggressive (because of fear) if forced to undergo wiping as soon as they arrive in a strange place.  This also avoids the risk of bites or scratches which could require people to attend hospital for antibiotic treatment, and put more pressure on the medical services.  There is no current evidence the virus can be spread from cats to humans

  • Good catteries usually ask owners to bring bedding from home because it smells familiar for the cat, but in these extraordinary times, you must use fresh clean bedding from the cattery and not admit any items from the owner’s home.

  • We wash hands thoroughly, frequently and between handling cats or touching the unit in which they are living.

  • Staff will be taking Covid tests frequently. 

  • We are in direct contact with our vet. We check with our own cattery veterinary practice how they are working and when they are open and how to get hold of them.

  • We maintain social distancing as you work

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