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Coronavirus: Cats emerging as potential vectors of virus

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Coronavirus: Cats emerging as potential vectors of virus

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Time spent with cats is never time wasted, as Sigmund Freud is said to have said but didn’t . And a good job too because it might turn out to be poor advice in a Covid-19 world.

Evidence is rapidly accumulating to suggest that cats should probably be kept at a distance or strictly kept within your household bubble. Good hygiene around cats is important.

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Bluntly, you don’t know where your cat has been and cats are emerging as potential vectors of the Covid-19 virus. They can be infected, get ill, exchange it with other cats and (given the origins of the disease) it is likely they could pass it on to humans.

Animal lovers should wash their hands before and after touching pets, including cats. Keep pets clean, as well as their food and water bowls. Surfaces they touch and pets beds should also be cleaned regularly.

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