Zoonotic Dis­eases You Can Catch from Your Cats

Zoonotic dis­eases in cats are usu­ally spread from cats to peo­ple through di­rect phys­i­cal con­tact or through their fae­ces. From cat scratches to fae­cal oral, Dr Chong from Pets Av­enue ex­plains how your cat may trans­mit po­ten­tially se­ri­ous zoonotic dis­eases


Tox­o­plas­mo­sis is caused by the pro­to­zoal par­a­site tox­o­plasma gondii. While only in­fected cats shed the eggs or oocysts that cause this in­fec­tion, they are not im­me­di­ately in­fec­tious to other an­i­mals; it takes at least one to five days to get sporu­lated to be in­fec­tious. Cats get this in­fec­tion from in­gest­ing in­fected prey, such as rats, or by ac­ci­den­tally swal­low­ing the par­a­site from con­tam­i­nated soil or fae­ces.

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