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The impact of COVID on cat guardians: veterinary issues

By L. R. Kogan, P. Erdman, J. Currin-McCulloch, C. Bussolari, W. Packman

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The onset of COVID has impacted the field of veterinary medicine and the lives of cat guardians in numerous ways, yet the subject remains largely unexplored. The purpose of this study was to better understand cat guardians' fears and concerns pertaining to veterinary care and obtainment of pet care products and food during the initial lock down phase of the COVID pandemic to better address these concerns now and in the future. To this end, an anonymous online survey was distributed to cat guardians during the first two months of the pandemic. The survey included questions pertaining to guardians' relationship with their cat and their veterinary related concerns and experiences as a result of the pandemic. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from 956 participants. The results revealed that the increased amount of time guardians spent with their cat had a positive impact on their bond. Participants' veterinary related concerns, particularly for participants between 18-29 years of age, centered around availability of their veterinarian for both emergency and non-emergency care. Other concerns included fears about the ability to afford emergency veterinary care and obtain cat food and supplies. Awareness of these concerns can help veterinarians better support cat guardians by directly communicating their continued availability and presence in the face of a pandemic as well as other challenging times.

Date 2021
Publication Title Animals
Volume 11
Issue 3
Pages 12
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher MDPI
DOI 10.3390/ani11030603
Language English
Author Address Clinical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523,
Additional Language English
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  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal roles
  3. Animals
  4. Animal welfare
  5. Anthrozoology
  6. Business
  7. Carnivores
  8. Cats
  9. Employees
  10. Humans
  11. Mammals
  12. Men
  13. open access
  14. Pandemics
  15. pathogens
  16. pet care
  17. Pets and companion animals
  18. Primates
  19. Psychiatry and psychology
  20. services
  21. Social psychology and social anthropology
  22. vertebrates
  23. Veterinarians
  24. Veterinary medicine
  25. veterinary practices
  26. Veterinary sciences
  27. Virus diseases
  28. Zoology
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