No, British Vets Are Not Telling Everyone To Keep Their Cats Indoors During The Coronavirus Lockdown
The British Veterinary Association only recommends cats from infected households, or ones where the owners are self-isolating, should stay indoors — if they're happy to stay.
Just so we're all clear, British vets are NOT saying everyone should keep their cats indoors. Got that?
The confusion kicked off on Wednesday morning when this article appeared on the BBC website.
The story was in the top five most-read on BBC News, meaning hundreds of thousands of people read the article and many more would have seen the headline.
The advice reached millions more people via BBC radio news bulletins that said “veterinary scientists are urging cat owners to keep their pets indoors during the coronavirus lockdown”.
This caused something of a panic.
And people were quite confused about exactly what the vets were advising.
Just before 9am, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) put out a clarifying statement saying not everyone had to keep their cat indoors.
Which was a rather different message to the one everyone had heard and seen on the BBC.
It seems the confusion was born of the fact the BVA ~does~ recommend cats from infected households, or ones where the owners are self-isolating, should stay indoors — if they're happy to stay.
But during the interview, the BVA hadn't distinguished between those households and everyone else.
And so an hour or so later, the BBC headline was changed to this one...
And this line was added to the article...
In a statement, a BBC spokesperson said: "We accurately reported comments made by the British Veterinary Association. They got in touch to further clarify their position and we were happy to update the piece accordingly.”