Researchers assessed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on domestic cat welfare, as well as owners’ experiences with their cat (s).
An online survey with 21 questions was distributed internationally. The survey questions related to the behavior and health of the cat. 324 participants from 25 different countries took part in the survey.
The survey showed that keeping domestic cats during the pandemic was not a problem for owners, with the exception of some difficulty in accessing veterinary care. The majority (67.3%) of the respondents stated that their cats’ behavior had not changed. If changes in behavior were observed, it was usually a positive change.
Two-thirds of respondents said they had less mental tension during the pandemic because they had a cat.
Cat Owners’ Perception of Having a Domestic Cat During the COVID-19 Pandemic