Can Humans Catch Diseases From Cats?

Can you get sick from your cat?

The answer is yes. There are actually a number of diseases you can contract catch from your cat, known broadly as zoonotic diseases. The word “zoonotic” is used to describe any disease that is transmittable from animals to humans. The best known and most feared example of a zoonotic disease is rabies.

Can you get a disease from touching a stray cat?

Science shows feral cat colonies aren’t a risk to humans. The health risks that catch and kill advocates most often blame on cats are intestinal parasites, rabies, flea-borne typhus, and toxoplasmosis. Yet the spread of these diseases has never been conclusively linked to feral cats.

Is cat hair harmful to humans?

Effects on human health. Because of their small size, domesticated house cats pose little physical danger to adult humans. Allergic reactions to cat dander and/or cat saliva are common.

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