Zoonotic Diseases between Cats and Humans
Date: Fall 2011
Can human diseases be transmitted to felines (house cats)?
That is a good question. Typically the answer is no, human diseases, like the common cold, flu, or other viral things of that nature cannot be transmitted to cats. There are some things that can pass readily from human to cat and vice versa, like ringworm (a fungus), and certain bacteria.
I hope this helps,
Louis M. Huzella, DVM, Diplomate, ACVP
Veterinary Pathologist, Contractor
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