Horrible diseases that a cute kitten can transmit
Despite the fact that the cats give us company and often they look tender; The truth is that they can be carriers of diseases that can complicate our lives a lot. That's why it's good to always be aware of the health implications of these beautiful and friendly animals. Who would have thought, right?! Those tiny little cuties! How can they carry diseases! Well, bare with us! Here we talk more about some diseases transmitted by cats.
1. Cat scratch disease
This disease is common and it occurs just at the site of a cat scratch. The agent that produces it is the bacterium known as "Bartonella henselae", for this reason, the condition is also known as "Bartonellosis". Although many times the lovers of these felines refuse to accept some of these consequences for sharing their lives with these animals, the truth is that these conditions exist and we must be very careful with them.
It is not necessary that the scratch be large or deep for the infection to occur. With a small bacterium, it will infect human blood vessels, even when cats show no symptoms. It is precisely for this reason that those who like the cat company consider that this is rather an invention of the detractors of cats to justify their aversion to them. But, no, this actually exists and it can be quite serious.
A blister of about 5 centimeters will then be produced around the scratch. Also, fever, headache, as well as inflammation of the lymph nodes will develop. This disease is prevented simply by avoiding cat scratches. It is worth mentioning that you have to be very careful when you are living with any animal that can hurt you, no matter how minimal. The recommendation is always to maintain good hygiene habits when living with them.
Also known as the intestinal worm, this disease produces pneumonia-like symptoms of fever, cough, and an enlarged liver. A rash may also occur. It becomes confused with some gastrointestinal diseases and even with certain diseases transmitted by some mosquitoes. But, once they are analyzed in depth, it is concluded that it is due to the daily coexistence with the kittens.
This evil has its cycles from the moment it comes into contact with the animal and the larvae in question. To prevent it, it is essential to deworm cats relatively frequently. Not to mention the aforementioned relevant hygiene measures to keep out the parasites. The pains produced by this disease are high, quite similar to those caused by infectious diarrhea. That is why it is often confused with other types of ailments.
This disease is caused by protozoan-style parasites that affect the intestinal tract. Also, something that characterizes this disease is how terribly painful it is due to intestinal cramps. The intensity with which it manifests has been described almost as premenstrual pain in the case of females, and in the case of males, as when ingested something spoiled or in very poor condition.
In the same way, a very severe diarrhea with a very bad associated odor is produced. In general, the symptoms disappear naturally in most people after 2 or 3 days. However, under certain conditions, a weak immune system could be fatal. Especially if it is not attended in a timely manner. This happens frequently because the patient considers that it is only a common infection and even self-medicates, ignoring the intensity of the pain.
Salmonella bacteria are found in both the intestines and the feces of animals and humans. It is also found in raw meats. The type of intoxication produced by this bacterium is characterized by vomiting and diarrhea. It should be noted that these bacteria can be transmitted almost by any animal. However, the frequency in the case of cats is very high because of the type of closeness that lovers of these cats have with their pets.
It is extremely important, in order to avoid contagion with salmonella, to be extremely careful with the handling of cat feces. Likewise, symptoms accompanied by severe abdominal pain may occur, even when these tend to disappear on their own after 2 or 3 days. It is diarrhea, of not being controlled, which can cause severe damage to the organism due to the dehydration that usually accompanies these constant depositions.
This infection is produced by a single-cell parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite reproduces only in the cells that line the intestine of cats. The infection occurs by contact with the feces of the felines. Being the people who manipulate in some way the waste of their pets, the risk is quite latent. The recommendation is always to wear gloves and a mask to avoid any of these horrible diseases.
The greatest danger of this infection is for pregnant women. In these cases, spontaneous abortions may occur. There is no vaccine to prevent toxoplasmosis. On the other hand, hygiene measures such as hand washing after handling cats or their residues should be maximized. It should be noted that this recommendation also extends to the manipulation of any other animal because these wonderful beings can spread many diseases to humans.
This disease is essentially caused by a fungus, which colonizes the dead layer of the skin and circular lesions occur. It is very easy to transmit between pets and people. Members of the fungi kingdom expand and affect other nearby areas if they are not closed in a timely and timely manner. For this reason, this is perhaps one of the diseases transmitted by these felines that is more complicated to eradicate.
A quite painful rash is the most obvious sign that the infection is present. Additionally, flakes can be produced. In most cases, the use of antifungal creams can cure this disease. However, being a visually obvious condition, many people tend to be overly alarmed when they realize that something on their skin is not right. Fortunately, if you face it in time it does not cause major problems in the patient.
7. Campylobacter infection
This bacterium focuses its attack on the intestinal area. In addition, it is quite easy for cats to spread to humans. Failure to wash your hands properly can result in infection. The recommendation is not only to use water and abundant soap but also, if possible, to apply some type of antibacterial gel to avoid any contagion or to infect someone else after having been in contact with our feline pet.
Also, symptoms include severe abdominal pain, as well as diarrhea that is often bloody. The indicated thing is to go to the doctor and often the treatment involves the use of antibiotics. We will never promote self-medication under any circumstances. Nobody like our specialist doctor can determine, based on the symptoms, the treatment, and the pertinent dose to fight the disease. Do not self-medicate and consult your doctor!
8. Cryptosporidium infection
This infection is analogous to that caused by giardia. The pathogenic agent is Cryptosporidium. Usually, severe diarrhea occurs with the presence of mucus and bad odor. In general, they are quite unpleasant symptoms. But, like most of the ailments that we have already been listing, it has symptoms that are too similar to those of the rest of the gastrointestinal diseases; therefore the denial of patients to be treated correctly and immediately.
The best way to prevent this disease is to emphasize hygiene measures and be very careful about the handling of cats or their feces. In any case, it is always good to take extreme measures. Many of our readers may have cats now and are even thinking that we exaggerate, but, in truth, it is not so. It is always much better to take precautionary measures to avoid unpleasant and painful incidents.
The main organs affected by rabies are the brain and the spinal cord. The infection occurs from an infected pet to a human through the saliva of the former. It is an extremely serious disease. However, unlike the other diseases listed, rabies is much easier to detect, both in animals and in people who suffer from it, as its symptoms are quite evident; that is why you can almost always react on time.
Also, the typical mode by which it is transmitted is through the bites of dogs or cats. It must be taken into account that once the symptoms of the disease are declared, it can be fatal. Fortunately, we now have enough knowledge of this disease, so the advances in medicine in this regard are enormous. In conclusion, the recommendation is to maximize the hygiene measures when handling our pet and, in case of presenting any of these symptoms, go to see our doctor.