Can you catch a virus from cats?

The answer is yes. There are actually a number of diseases you can contract catch from your cat, known broadly as zoonotic diseases. The word “zoonotic” is used to describe any disease that is transmittable from animals to humans. The best known and most feared example of a zoonotic disease is rabies.

So, can humans get FIV from cats?

FIV and HIV are both lentiviruses. However, humans cannot be infected by FIV, nor can cats be infected by HIV. FIV is transmitted primarily through deep bite wounds, where the virus present in the infected cat's saliva enters the body tissues of another cat.

Also to know, can a cat catch the flu from you?

Humans aren't the only ones at risk for contracting the flu this season: our furry friends can fall ill from the disease as well. In fact, flu infections in cats and dogs may be much more common than thought, experts say. And pets can catch the flu from their owners, research finds.

Can a cat with FIV live with a dog?

FIV is transmitted primarily through bite wounds between cats. Other pets such as dogs would not be at risk of infection. If a client has more than one cat in the household and they do not get along, there is an increased risk that the virus can be transmitted between cats during fighting and biting.

Can your pets catch the flu from you?

The flu virus is spread from one person to another person, so make sure to cover your coughs and sneezes. You'll be happy to know that similar to the common cold, your dog won't get the flu if a human member of his household is sick. However, there is a canine-specific influenza you should be aware of.

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