Diseases humans can catch from cats

When it comes to catching diseases from your cats, most diseases are caught and spread by kittens, much like young children are more prone to harbour and spread diseases. Excluding Rabies, which is extremely rare in domesticated cats, there are no viruses that cats can get which are capable of crossing over to humans. That includes Feline Aids, Feline Leukaemia, Feline Herpes, Corona virus and Parvovirus.

A lot of the diseases can be prevented by good litter tray hygiene, preventing a lot of the risk of infection from the cats faeces. The diseases or infections most likely to be caught from a cat or kitten are; Toxoplasma, Ringworm, Giardia and Cryptosporidia and Salmonella. A lot of the diseases are avoided under clean conditions for both cats and people, and are not exclusive diseases for cats.

However it is also worth mentioning that a cat bite or cat scratch may cause big distress and be a more common problem. While cats will usually give sufficient warning that they’re going to attack, should a person get bitten they risk blood poisoning from the bacteria in the cats mouth and teeth being dug deep into the skin. Cat scratches can also transmit a bacteria called Bartonella which causes lymph nodes to swell. It usually only inhabits young cats, and most people get over it without being treated specifically for it.

Source: http://www.petalia.com.au/templates/storytemplate_process.cfm?specie=Cats&story_no=2050

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