When cats sneeze, have watery eyes, or a discharge from their nose, they often have a cat cold known as URTI, which stands for an Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. This is very similar to a cold in humans, and can get worse and kill the cat. URTI can spread rapidly from cat to cat, particularly in young kittens, crowded conditions, or when the cats are stressed already. In some areas this health problem is given a rather cute name, Snuffles.
The good news is that you cannot catch your cats cold. The bad news is that you can carry the infection on your cloths and spread it to another cat.
This is always a concern for people who work in veterinarian clinics or at animal shelters. They have to be careful not to bring any diseases home to their own pets. Most of the time they wear different clothing, and even different footwear, to work. Or they may dip their shoes in bleach to kill any viruses, or bacteria, that may be hitching a ride to a new host.
Diseases that transfer from pets to humans, or humans to pets, are called Zoonotic Disease, and thankfully colds are not one of them.
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