COVID-19 is changing how we live day to day here are some links which may help.

Can my pets get COVID-19? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says “It appears cats and dogs are not readily infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19), we have little to no evidence they become ill, and no evidence that those that may be naturally infected spread [it] to other pets or people.” The entire statement can be found here and it is helpful for pet owners and those who care for community cats.

If I get sick, can I still cuddle with my pets? The CDC recommends that if you are sick, you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with people. You can read their complete recommendations here. The important thing to remember is there are a lot of unknowns, and while experts believe the risk of human to pet transmission is very low, it’s better to be cautious and avoid close contact with your pets while you are sick. If you do need to handle your pets while you are ill, the CDC recommends avoiding being kissed or licked by your pet and washing your hands before you interact with them.

How do I prepare to keep my pet safe at home if I get COVID-19? It’s all about having a solid plan. Here is the complete guidance shared about being ready to shelter your pets in place if you get COVID-19. Key messages are to identify a temporary caregiver in case you are hospitalized and put together an emergency supply kit for your pet.

Do I need to worry about COVID-19 being carried on the fur of my pets or other pets I interact with? The CDC guidance says at this time, “there is no evidence the virus that causes COVID-19 can spread to people from the skin or fur of pets.” You can read their complete FAQ on pets and COVID here.

The Humane Society of the United States COVID-19 information & resources