ANIMALS

Feline OK? 5 Diseases That You Can Catch From Your Cat

Date December 7, 2018 13:05

Felines are favorite pets, friends, and companions for many people. Also, by getting a pet is we take a huge responsibility and even risk. The fact is that some of the animals’ diseases are equally dangerous for humans. You even don’t have to own a pet to get infected – all it takes is the slightest contact. Therefore, it is important to know all you need to know about it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Toxoplasmosis

People can get infected with this disease from the pet’s excrements - for example, when cleaning the litter box. Also, one can get it by eating poorly done meat or while handling raw meat. Usually, the disease has no symptoms, but its acute form can cause fever, nausea, seizures, and inflammation of the lymph nodes.

The disease is very dangerous for expectant mothers. It can cause serious pathologies in the brain and nervous system of the fetus can lead to a miscarriage and even death of the child. In addition, the baby may develop congenital toxoplasmosis, jaundice or severe mental retardation.

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Rabies

One of the most dangerous and unpredictable diseases most often observed in wild animals or pets taken off the street. It is transmitted through blood, mucous, and saliva through a bite. It can’t be immediately identified due to its 10-day incubation period. Usually, a person starts to shiver, feel sick, and eventually, it affects the spinal cord. Vaccination is the best way to take no chances, because when the first symptoms the chances of successful treatment are minimal.

Salmonellosis

There is nothing pleasant about this acute bacterial infection, which brings chills, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal tract disorders. It is transmitted through poorly processed food, contact with pets or cleaning the animals’ cages.

Salmonella bacteria practically do not respond to antibiotics, so treatment takes a lot of time and effort.

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Toxocariasis 

Most often, children catch this disease through contact with pets. The symptoms include characteristic rashes on the body, swelling of the face, and fever. The larvae also damage eyes when they enter the eye system. Heart and respiratory diseases increase the risk of a fatal outcome.

Chlamydia

This bacterial infection is sexually transmitted, airborne, and can even be contracted from a fluffy companion. For a cat, the disease is much more dangerous than for its owner, as in some cases it can lead to the death of an infected pet.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

How to take care of a new pet

Getting a cat is a big step. But before inviting your new bunk buddy, you should first take care of its comfort and health.

  1. Make it a separate place for sleeping from something soft. Keep in mind that you will have to clean it once in a while.
  2. Schedule a vet appointment. At the first consultation, the doctor will inform you of the vaccines the feline will need to get and will tell how to keep it safe from fleas and ticks.
  3. Buy a pet carrier: besides traveling, you will use for comfortable trips to the vet.
  4. If possible, use a tray with a filler - this will help reduce the cleaning time and make this process more comfortable.
  5. Make sure to wash your pet staring from early childhood. You should brush cats with long fur to prevent hairballs.

When to see a doctor

Ideally, you should come for regular consultations and vaccination. As soon as you notice any alarming symptoms in yourself or your pet, do not postpone the visit or neglect it. And it is absolutely vital to see a doctor immediately after being bitten by a stray animal.

Do you care about the health of your cat properly?

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.