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It is common sense that you should never kiss your cat on its mouth. There is more than an even chance that doing so may make you fall sick. The worst-case scenario includes you dying. The presence of pathogens like viruses and bacteria also means it is unwise to allow your cat to share your bed when you sleep. These pathogens are deadly when transmitted to humans. They will not go fully even if you give your kitty a thorough wash.
Greater chance of being infected
The rising ownership of cats among the urban population has
only increased the risks. There are now more interactions between animals and
their owners. Other humans, like passersby who were attracted by a cute cat,
and touches the animal, could also be affected. A common feline disease
transmitted by kissing the cat is Corynebacterium ulcerans. This disease is common
among humans who care for stray cats. The pathogen gets transmitted to humans
when the animal sneezes. The results is a sore throat or cough or any other
cold-like symptoms. There could be breathing difficulties or something much
more complicated. This is why you should never approach a cat with a runny
Many infected diseases could be transmitted from animals to
humans. These infections have a term: zoonoses. The biting of a cat infected
with thrombocytopenia syndrome or SFTS could cause death. The felines get this
infection from an unfortunate hard tick bike. People close to their pets have a
higher chance of suffering from infections. Pasteurellosis is a common zoonose.
Almost 95% of cats have this horrible bacterium inside their mouths. When this
zoonose infects a human, the result will be aching and swelling. There will
also be coughing and fever, and other cold-like symptoms — the worst cases
involve sepsis and meningitis. Death may happen in severe cases.
The good news is that it is
possible to cure zoonoses with antimicrobial drugs. Although cats may remain
unaffected by the pathogens, humans, who come near the affected animal develop
symptoms which are like a common cold. This makes it much harder for doctors to
diagnose the infection. The result? Treatment of the disease comes much later.
Almost every pet owner or those who live near pets are vulnerable as the
animals carry pathogens. Any veterinarian would recommend that you should not
kiss your pet on its mouth or near it. The same advice can be applied when you
want your furball to sleep with you on your bed- do not do it. Place the cat in
its designated room and close the door. You need a good night's sleep-which the
presence of the cat cannot provide you. Regularly trim your pet's nails and
quickly dispose off the cat's urine and feces.