Question of the Day: Can Humans Catch a Cold From a Cat?

Unlike humans, cats don’t generally catch colds and other illnesses multiple times per year. It can be understandably unsettling when kitty is suddenly dealing with coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, or is lethargic. 

There are certain bacterial and viral infections that can be passed from pets to people in a process called ‘zoonosis’. Because the common cold is so easily transmissible between people, it’s only natural to wonder if we can also catch a cold from a cat. Let’s find out!

Feline Upper Respiratory Virus

Bacteria or viruses, or sometimes both, are to blame for cat colds. In some cases, cats who have suffered a cold will become lifetime carriers of the virus, meaning they can become sick again during times of high stress (such as a move or the introduction of a new pet). Immunocompromised cats are also at greater risk of upper respiratory infections.

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A Practical Guide to Renting to Pet Owners

Whether you’re a pet-owning renter or a landlord, there are many questions surrounding the topic of renting and pets. Sadly, housing problems are some of the main reasons pets are surrendered to animal shelters. On the other hand, landlords are understandably nervous about renting to pet owners.

Still, there may be good reasons to allow renters who own pets. Let’s explore the pros of renting to pet owners, as well as how to spot a great renter and how to protect your property.

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It’s Never too Late to Focus on Pet Wellness!

Most pet owners know that pet wellness exams are important to the overall health of their furry companions. After all, we see the doctor and dentist regularly, so it only makes sense that our pets do the same, right?

If only it were that easy. Often, there are obstacles that prevent pets from seeing their veterinarian. Whether it’s financial constraints or the sheer difficulty of getting an unwilling pet into their carrier, millions of American pets miss out on critical services that could improve the quality and length of their lives.

If you’ve been feeling guilty about your pet’s lack of wellness care, the team at Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital wants you to know it’s never too late to improve your pet’s wellness regimen. Let’s get started!

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What’s the Deal With Bark Collars?

Barking serves a few different purposes. For many pet owners, barking is helpful when it comes to alerting to dangers or deterring intruders. As long as their dogs don’t overdo it, owners are generally okay with a bit of barking.

Unfortunately, some dogs bark excessively, or vocalize over seemingly minor stimuli. This can drive some people nuts, which is why they rely on bark collars to curb the noise. However, not all products offer the same relief and may not help you get to the root of the behavior.

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