Are cats risking human health?

We all love cats. Probably next to dogs, they are considered the friendliest pet out there. Due to their friendly, playful nature, humans love keeping them and even to the extent, where cats become part of the family.

Understandably, there are a number of questions you might have with regards to cats. One of them was answered in one other article on this website, posted a few days back.

What about cats and human health and is there any research to shed light on this issue?

Fortunately, yes, there is research available however there isn’t good news if you are a die-hard cat lover.

Are cats risking human health?

The research published in the Journal of Hand Surgery has some detailed insight to provide the readers. The study looked into patients who were admitted in the emergency room for animal bites. About 15 per cent of the total patients were reported to have received a bite from a cat.

Out of the 193 cases observed, 36 of them were kept under special care and the problem was known to be serious. The other 157 patients were advised to be hospitalized for a stretch of three days.

Accordingly, the research team was able to analyze the blood samples of the patients and it was found that the bite was known to cause complications within the body. Particularly, the person was at a risk of certain infections that could affect joint mobility and nerve involvement. Some of the blood samples also contained the bacterium Pasteurella.

The human hand may be extremely vulnerable to the cat bite. Most of the reported cases had caused some sort of complication within that area. The patient suffered from increased redness, swelling and immobility.

Scientists explain by saying that cat bite has the tendency to go deep in the skin and cause a wound. This, in turn, can lead to several germs breeding in that area.

Cat Scratch Fever

More importantly, one of the most serious and prominent illness is the Cat Scratch Fever.

Cats carry with themselves the bacteria Bartonella which get onto them through flees and outdoor insects.

The symptoms of the condition can be difficult to deal with at times. Some of them are mentioned as follows.

  • Itch and scratching of the arms.
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes
  • Blisters and bumps
  • Headaches
  • High-grade fever

It is pertinent on the person facing the above-mentioned symptoms to seek medical treatment as timely as possible.

The takeaway from the above discussion is that, yes, cats are far friendlier and playful than the majority of the other animals. They can provide with a great amount of comfort level and emotional support. Yet, they are some important guidelines you need to keep in find.

Firstly, always get your cat vaccinated. Needless to say, there is no alternative to having your cat protected from illnesses that could transfer to humans. Your cat should be getting a vaccination injection on annual basis.

Second, try keeping your domesticated cat indoors. While some people would want to keep pets outside but that could inflict the animal with several germs. It is therefore advisable to keep your cat inside and safe.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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