: You are referring to my warning about keeping cats indoors, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of mink routinely escape from these fur farms, and virologists are concerned that infected mink could pass the virus on to other wildlife. DEAR DR. FOX: Can we catch poison ivy from the fur of our cats and dogs? : Yes, the oils from poison ivy can indeed be transferred from our pets to our skin. Several years ago, my son got poison ivy after playing with our malamute mix, who had been out running with us earlier in the woods.