Mythbusters: The Rabies Edition

A crazed-looking dog bares its teeth to the camera

To many of us, rabies seems like an exotic or even old-fashioned disease, perhaps conjuring images of Old Yeller and the like. Although it’s hard to imagine it as a threat to our or our pets’ health, rabies is a real and ever present danger even in the modern, developed world. 

At Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital we want our pet owner to know how serious of a responsibility it is to protect our pets and set some of the misinformation about rabies aside.

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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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Can I Catch A Cold From My Cat?

The short answer to the question “can I catch a cold from my cat?” is yes, but it is extremely rare.

Otherwise known as an Upper Respiratory Infection, or URI, the common cold in both cats and humans is caused by any number of different viruses. However, they generally are not transmitted between species.

There are some environmental factors that may make it easier for you and your cat to be susceptible to these viruses. For example, stress and cold weather can suppress the immune system and make it more likely for cats and humans to be affected by a URI. But, the causative agent will (virus or bacterium) will most likely be different.

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