Can I Catch a Cold From My Cat

If your cat is sneezing, or has watery eyes, it is definitely ill, but you may want to know what your chances are from catching your cats cold, or if your cat can catch your cold.

 

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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Related Links

 

URTI – What to do for a Sneezing Cat

Rabies

How to Pets Get Worms

Could your Pets Flea and Tick Medication be Threatening its Life?

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  1. writing4angels

    On December 9, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Good information for people who have pet cats. I though still feel that if proper precautions and care is taken, there are no issues.

  2. Larry Fish

    On December 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the information.

  3. Jimmy Shilaho

    On December 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I have learned something new here. Thank you B.

  4. crisdiwata

    On December 10, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Glad that I can’t catch cold from cats. Thanks for this information.

  5. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On December 10, 2010 at 1:24 am

    When it comes to writing about animals, I think there is no match for you. Gr8 share.

  6. papaleng

    On December 10, 2010 at 4:18 am

    good that you pointed that out, but can cats catch colds from human. There is this old adage in our place, that if flu comes into your house, be sure to have a cat for it will catch the virus rather than your family members.

  7. Starpisces

    On December 10, 2010 at 8:15 am

    though I don’t have pets, but good to know something about them, thanks.

  8. CA Johnson

    On December 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    That is good that you cannot catch colds from cats. I do not have to worry about this since I don’t have one. This is great information for people with cats.

  9. PR Mace

    On December 12, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I wonder if it is the same for dogs?

  10. Sceptical Thinker

    On December 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Must confess I do have a cat but did not even think it was possible to either catch or transmit a disease from different species. (apart form notable exceptions like rabies). But on reflection there are numerous examples, and considering the the ability of viruses to mutate its not so surprising. Interesting and informative article .

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