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andrew's avatar

Are there any diseases that are communicable between cats and people?

Asked by andrew (16553points) April 6th, 2009

Furthermore, what makes something communicable between species? Is it a DNA thing? Some amino acid thing?

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casheroo's avatar

Apparently it’s called a zoonoses
Cat stratch disease was the first thing I thought of.

andrew's avatar

Toxoplasmosis, of course!

casheroo's avatar

@andrew oh, i forgot about that one! i’ve been tested for it, and apparently had it at some point.

AstroChuck's avatar

Rabies is the only viral infection I know that would be communicable between felines and humans.

Blondesjon's avatar

I’m ashamed to admit this but I thought that men became pussies due to an infected cat bite.

and an overprotective mother prone to exaggerated stories of feline toxicity

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, a few, but mostly from the human to the cat, and very few the other way around. Always check with your vet whenever you have any question.

andrew's avatar

@YARNLADY: Do you know any that are human → feline?

YARNLADY's avatar

Not in terms of virus or germ, but by contact, e-coli, ringworm and according some internet reports, Chlamydia

3or4monsters's avatar

Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a fungal infection that can affect the hair, skin or nails of cats, dogs and humans.

And you can get it from your pets, or give it to your pets. A friend of mine got it from a stray kitty she adopted. Anecdotal data, and we could be incorrect, but she and her cat had to both be treated at the same time.

chyna's avatar

@YARNLADY Isn’t chlamydia a sexually transmitted disease?

casheroo's avatar

andrew, don’t have sex with your cat. you might get chlamydia!

chyna's avatar

Aw dude, be careful.

AstroChuck's avatar

And use a condom.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, it is not the STD, but is the same family of bacteria. An infection with chlamydia is an uncommon form of bacterial pink eye in cats, which possibly can be transferred to cats by humans.

casheroo's avatar

@YARNLADY ohh yeah, i’ve heard of it being an eye infection. i actually thought it was herpes that can get into the eye. they thought my SIL had that, but she actually had a different, rare infection. we weren’t poking fun at you

YARNLADY's avatar

@casheroo thanks for the support. Actually, I was ROTFL over it all.

Kelly27's avatar

I knew someone that got cat scratch fever but other than that I don’t know of any. Thinking on it I don’t know much about cat scratch fever but that isn’t really passing disease technically is it? I thought it was from the bacteria/germs or whatever on the cats claws but I could be way off on that.
Sorry I can’t give you a better answer. :)

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