The cat rarely transmits pathogens to us, humans, I want to write in large letters and in fact I begin this article with this very sentence.
Most of the diseases that affect domestic animals such as dogs and cats, especially the well-groomed ones that live at home, are species-specific, that is to say, they are “specific” to the cat and cannot be transmitted to other species, including humans.
The “zoonoses”, that are the diseases that the cat can transmit to a biologically very different species like ours, fortunately are few and in a good measure of the slight or very slight entity.
We often talk about vaccines, as if the cat vaccinated for viral or bacterial diseases (which are almost all species-specific) has less chance of getting infected, in reality, all the vaccines that the veterinarian does to your cat are against very serious diseases that but they do not pass from them to our species, so for us they are not only harmless but even non-existent.
So even the stray dog that has never seen a feline vaccine in its life has no difference from the house cat, what makes the difference instead is the possibility of getting infected with diseases that are found in places like the forest, where the stray dog can turn while the cat that is always at home no. If, on the other hand, your cat has free access to the outside and may even have a nearby forest, the risks are the same as those of the foundling cat.
The vaccines are needed and you have to do them to the cat but only because otherwise it can feel sick and even die, but those microorganisms that are deadly to him are harmless to us.
The only vaccine that the cat can make for a zoonosis that it can transmit to humans is that against ANGER, ugly and deadly disease that is transmitted from wild animals to dogs and cats (and also to humans) but which, for luck, it’s pretty rare by now.
In reality, this vaccine is rarely done even in dogs and only in those that go hunting.
If your cat has access to a forest you can talk to your veterinarian about it to get the best advice on the rabies vaccine.
Anti-rabies vaccination is mandatory if you want to travel with the cat in Europe and the rest of the world.
But now let’s get to the point, in addition to anger, what are the diseases that the cat can transmit to us?
The most famous is TOXOPLASMOSI, but let’s immediately say that taking it is not easy because it is necessary to ingest cat feces that has toxoplasma in the body.
Since I believe that none of us is used to eating cat poo, following the very common hygienic rules it is difficult to take it (I, who have always had cats and I have had hundreds of stray dogs, even as a child, I never contracted the toxoplasmosis, for example …).
Secondly, if you take it and you are not pregnant, it is an asymptomatic disease that gives you permanent immunity for the future.
The risk that if you are pregnant the disease does no harm to you but that the face to your baby is there but considers that the infection almost always occurs for eating poorly washed salad or undercooked meats and cold cuts, so never remove a kitten alone for the fear of toxoplasmosis.
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Another zoonosis is the MYCOSIS FROM CAT or TIGNA, it is a very trivial skin fungus that causes alopecia in cats and that is easily transmitted to us humans, but the good news is that it is absolutely not serious and is treated with an antifungal for mouth in both cats and humans.