COVID-19 - How does the coronavirus affect cat sitting?

In times of the Covid-19 pandemic, Cat in a Flat community members will be affected by the coronavirus in a number of ways. Questions arise such as: Can I still leave the house to look after the cats? How do I deal with changes in travel planning or the risk of infection? Are animals Covid-19 carriers?


On this page will answer your concerns and continue to share updated advice and guidelines from the government and authorities 


We are a community of cat-lovers, so we ask that all members be mindful and understanding when it comes to bookings, the wellbeing of the cats and the humans looking after them.


01 What to do when travel plans have been cancelled because of COVID-19?

Cat in a Flat has a fairly lenient Cancellation Policy, so as it stands, it will remain the same during this time.


There will either be a 100% or 70% refund depending on how much notice is given for the cancellation. The maximum fee will never be more than £30.

We are aware that this is an unprecedented situation, however the cancellation fee (minus our small fee) goes to the cat sitters who depend on the additional income, especially in this difficult time.

Cat owners and cat sitters should stay in regular communication, and keep eachother as well as Cat in a Flat informed on any new developments regarding their booking.

02 Can I still visit the cat in my care if the government is calling for a lock-down?

As long as you are not ill yourself, it is still fine for you to go and do your cat sitting duties.

Cat sitters are advised to wash hands before and after each visit. Minimise your movement through the house/apartment and only focus on what you are there for. Feeding the cat, litter-box cleaning and a bit of playtime. It goes without saying that you should keep these areas as clean as possible.

Please only arrange to return the keys once the cat owner is home safely.


As a Cat in a Flat community member please make sure you have filled out your profile and left a suitable contact number in case of an emergency.


03 What should I do if my cat sitter has been infected with the Coronavirus ?

Given that the coronavirus situation is evolving daily, it is important to make sure you have a plan B which you can rely on if for any reason your cat sitter is unable to visit your cat. It would be advisable to leave a spare key with a friend or neighbour.

If this is not possible, please contact


04 Can a cat get sick from the coronavirus and pass it onto humans?

According to the WHO Organisation, there’s no evidence that cats can get ill from coronavirus or pass it to humans. 

However we do recommend to keep the hygiene level very high and to wash hands with soap for 20 seconds after interacting with your pets or cat in care. It’s the pet owners, rather than pets, that have a higher risk of spreading the virus.


IMPORTANT: Please make sure your emergency contact is updated

This is important in case you do start to feel unwell during a cat sit or while you are away, or if you become delayed as a result of the virus.


Cat owners, please make sure your emergency contact knows your cat sitters details.

Cat sitters, please make sure your emergency contact has all the details of the cats you're looking after and the owners contact numbers.

If you have any other concerns please contact Cat in a Flat -

Due to the impact of the growing situation, our support team may be busier than usual, but we will work hard to get back to you as soon as possible.

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