What is a zoonosis?
A zoonosis is an animal disease that has the particularity of being transmissible to humans, and vice versa. Of course, not all the diseases that animals in general – and cats in particular – can suffer from are in this case, far from it. Only some of them can attack a human organism, just as only some human diseases can affect an animal. Zoonoses are therefore the exception rather than the rule.
Their possible origins are three: viruses, bacteria, and cat parasites. Their consequences can be dramatic or quite benign.
In the vast majority of cases of transmission to humans, these diseases are spread by bites, scratches, licking, or by simple direct or indirect contact with the cat or its feces.
It is important to have a good knowledge of these diseases, not only to protect your pet and to deal with them if he or she contracts them, but also to protect your health as well as the health of all persons likely to come in contact with your cat.
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