Q: Is an aggressive cat safe around children?

June 27, 2010 | By Mary T. | 1 answer | Expired: 2040 days ago

Mary T.

The more aggressive of our two newly adopted kittens is a real scrapper (his eyes are scratched and infected from fighting with the other). The kids love them both, but is this bully safe around children?

Chosen Answer

Even if you don’t see that the Scrappy Cat is attacking children (play-aggression toward other cats its size is not the same thing as aggression towards humans), there still could be a reason to keep the kids away.

While many ocular infections in kittens are feline-specific — meaning they cannot be transmitted from cats to other species—some infections are contagious to humans. For example, Feline Herpes Virus is only contagious to other cats, but Microsporum canis, also known as “ringworm,” can be transmitted to humans.

Keep kids away from kitties with eye infections, until veterinary medical care has cleared up the condition.

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