Diseases associated with cats
- Cat scratch disease.
Can humans get diseases from cats?
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 humans get upper respiratory infections from cats?
Humans cannot get these diseases from cats, because they are feline-specific illnesses. Feline herpes (FVH-1) is a virus that causes upper respiratory infection in cats. Sneezing, runny eyes and nose, and sometimes inflammation of the cat’s eyelid lining, result from FVH-1 infection.
Can I get sick from my cat sneezing on me?
A: It is extremely unlikely that your cats got their colds from you because most cold viruses tend to be species specific. However, cats do occasionally have an organism called chlamydia psittaci, which causes runny eyes and sneezing and could be spread to humans.