Coronavirus Cat Advice

Be prepared in the case of Coronavirus. Arrange for a friend or family to look after your cat if you are unable to do so.

Created: 23/03/2020 Updated: 03/08/2021 - Shelley Audis-Riddell

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Coronavirus is not considered a food safety issue by the Food Standards Agency or the EFSA (European Food Standards Authority).

Remember that if you are isolated or self-isolating this may be for a minimum of 14 days. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure you have enough food supplies for your treasured, furry friends.

Where possible, weigh out what food you have remaining to see how much supply you currently have. Always ensure you have a minimum of 2 weeks’ supply; this allows time for re-ordering and delivery. Consider the number of treats you may also require during this time. Always ensure your cat has access to fresh water.

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Indoor cats

If you have an indoor cat, you will need a minimum of 2 weeks’ supply of cat litter and enough litter trays to provide 1 per cat and 1 extra tray.

If you are self-isolating, or prefer not to come into contact with anyone, your OSCAR Nutritional Advisor or delivery driver can leave your delivery in an agreed safe place. Payment can be arranged by telephone – so no cash needs to cross hands.


If your cat takes regular medication, you will need to make sure that you have an adequate supply in case of isolation. Always call your veterinary practice first and don’t just turn up. You may be required to ask someone else to collect and deliver for you.

Asking for help

Ensure you have made arrangements for a family member, friend or neighbour to look after your cat in case you are unable to do so.

Contact your OSCAR Nutritional Advisor or OSCAR Direct to help you with your cat supplies.

If you have any concerns about your cat during this difficult time please don’t hesitate to call the Free OSCAR Helpline on 0800 195 8000 for any Nutritional, Behavioural or Veterinary advice.

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Essentials for an emergency box for your cat:

6 Essential items we'd recommend to have in place in case you fall ill.

1.Minimum supply of 2 weeks’ worth of cat food and cat treats.

2.Medications if required

3.Flea and worm treatment

4.Pet first-aid booklet and pet first-aid kit

5.Pet Dossier

Creating a pet dossier, in case somebody else has to look after your dog or your dog requires hospitalisation, is really useful.) Information can include:

  • Veterinary Practice contact details

  • Vaccination and medical records

  • Identichip information

  • Food habits and preferences (including any specific dietary requirements)

  • General habits and favourite toys

  • Any specific behaviour concerns

6.Litter trays and enough cat litter for a minimum of 2 weeks

Do you need further advice?

If you need any further advice, please contact the OSCAR Helpline Team on our freephone number 0800 195 8000 or email