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Q: Zoonotic diseases?

July 20, 2011 | By Lauren S. | 3 answers | Expired: 1086 days ago

I have had my cat since March, when I saved him my vet told me he had feline herpes, about 2 months later i noticed bloating and blood in his feces, I took him back to the Vet she told me he had Coccidia and if his upper respiratory infection cleared up while on Albon, he did not have feline herpes. Well Albom worked only while he was on it, and it cleared up the upper respiratory infection so that rules out feline herpes, my kitty went back to being bloated and all of the same issues as before, as of a few days ago the vet put him back on Albon and it is NOT working, but here's the real kicker, I have been sick since about April now with some sort of upper resperitary problem but my doctors also can not figure out the cause, my chest x-rays look great, my lungs sound great, but my doctors agree with me that there is a problem, also I have been having the same bloating and bowel movements problems as my cat. Now my vet said that both things he was diagnosed with can not be passed onto humans, is there some other disease that I could have caught from my cat?

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Kelly
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Jul 21, 2011

There are some zoonotic diseases, but they're rare. You're more likely to catch something from another person than your cat. People with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk but even they can reduce the risk with good hygiene & a little common sense.

Ringworm, which is a fungal infection, is a zoonotic disease.

Giardia & Cryptosporidium can cause diarrhea in animals & humans. To prevent contamination, be sure to wash your hands completely after cleaning up feces. These organisms can enter the body through contaminated water, food, or even the soil so cross-contamination isn't the only way the entire household can end up with it.

Cat-scratch fever & rabies are two other zoonotic diseases.

So, there are diseases that people can catch from animals & vice versa, but the it's very rare & the risks are minimal. People who don't have cats get giardia all the time from eating improperly washed lettuce or drinking tainted water.

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Kelly
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Jul 21, 2011

Forgot to add that coccidia & feline herpes are species specific, not zoonotic.

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Ches21
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Jul 20, 2011

No you can't catch stuff like that from your cat.

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