Cats and Covid 19

It goes without saying that the current confinement period has had a big impact on them! Daily life is definitely different, as you and family now spend your days at home. From your cat’s point of view, this is a very big change and there is the potential that this new routine will be a source of stress: more noise, more movement, less day to day structure, less quiet alone time all essential for optimum well being. Experts have revealed their

5 tips for living well with your cat during Covid

  1. FIRST THING: DON’T PANIC!

COVID-19 can be quite scary but try not to worry too much about you and your cat! Instead, take advantage of this period to observe your cat and better understand their needs. Pay particular attention to their behaviour: does your cat have an increased need to hide? Are they excessively vocal or do they whine? Do they spray outside of their litter tray? Do they scratch several places in the house? These behaviors can indicate that they are in a state of stress…

2. WHEN YOUR CAT SHOWS YOU THAT THEY WANT TO PLAY, JOIN IN!

Play is essential for cats. It encourages them to be active and to express their natural predatory instincts. Try to have different types of toys and change them up regularly. And why not make a toy yourself or use everyday objects to have fun? Paper plane, cardboard boxes or kitchen/toilet roll puzzles with hidden treats: your imagination has no limits!

3. RESPECT THEIR NEED FOR CALM, SPACE AND REST

Your cat spends most of their day… sleeping! Rest i s essential and it’s essential that we respect this need for sleep. Even if there are other pets, cleaning or DIY projects to do or children are at home, you should avoid disturbing them.

4. GIVE THEM A VIEWPOINT

COVID-19 can be quite scary but try not to worry too much about you and your cat! Instead, take advantage of this period to observe your cat and better understand their needs. Pay particular attention to their behaviour: does your cat have an increased need to hide? Are they excessively vocal or do they whine? Do they spray outside of their litter tray? Do they scratch several places in the house? These behaviours can indicate that they are in a state of stress…

5. REASSURE YOUR CAT WITH FELIWAY CLASSIC

Thanks to the comforting natural pheromone content in FELIWAY® CLASSIC it contributes to the calmness and well-being of cats by providing reassurance in their environment. This helps relieve the need for your cat to display undesirable behaviours such as urine marking, unwanted scratching on furniture or increased need to hide due to stress.

 

By following these tips, you will be able to better understand how your cat works and take advantage of this period of confinement to help you and your cat be happier together.

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