Is Your Cat Killing You? 5 Diseases You Can Get From Your Cat And How To Prevent Them

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Is Your Cat Killing You? 5 Diseases You Can Get From Your Cat And How To Prevent Them

23 October 2015
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You love your cat. It cuddles with you (when it's in the mood), purrs as you scratch its head, and is always there after you've had a long day at work. There are so many ways your cat adds to your life, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), owning a pet can decrease your blood pressure, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. But, there are some health woes that can be caused by your cat.

Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever, otherwise known as Cat Scratch Disease, makes even a tiny scratch, or a bite that barely breaks the skin, dangerous. This bacterial infection is transferred from an infected cat to the human, and according to the CDC it can cause flu-like symptoms that in rare cases can cause damage to a person's organs. To reduce your chances of contracting the disease, never interact with cats you don't know, and always use a flea preventative on your cat because flea dirt causes the original infection.


Toxoplasmosis is the reason many doctors recommend women avoid cleaning litter boxes throughout pregnancy. The Mayo Clinic warns that the parasite can cause complications to the baby, and it could be lurking in your cat's bowel movements. This common parasite can be avoided with proper hygiene. Be sure to always wash your hands after handling cat waste, and keep your cat's litter clean to avoid transference throughout your home.


Ringworm can easily be transferred through contact with an infected animal (or human). This fungal infection may be lurking on your cat, especially if they go outdoors. Luckily, it's not too dangerous, and according to The Mayo Clinic, a simple antifungal product can clear up the telltale rash. To avoid a bout of Ringworm, keep your cat indoors so they do not have contact with an infected animal.


Hookworm is a parasite that can cause excessive gastrointestinal issues in humans. It can be transferred through animal waste, and is easily avoidable. When you get a new cat, take it to the veterinarian (like those at Gwynedd Veterinary Hospital) for a deworming, and then keep your cat indoors to prevent a re-infection. Also, always be sure to wash your hands after contact with any cat waste.

Almost everything comes with a little bit of inherent danger, including owning a pet, but as long as you follow basic hygiene and act as a responsible pet owner you can avoid a "cat-astrophe." 

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Pet Options: Choosing an Exotic Pet

When I was a kid, everyone wanted a dog or a cat for a pet. Me? I wanted something a little out of the box. That's how I came to have a pet octopus. The process was more complicated than getting gold fish. There was the need to invest in a salt water tank and to get some toys for the new pet. I also had to learn how to feed and take care of the pet. Once everything was in place, it did not take long until life with an octopus around the house became part of the routine. If your kids like the idea of some type of marine life as a pet, let me tell you about my experiences. Once you learn more about the care of this type of pet, you'll be ready to give it a try.