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Feature March 2015 Issue

Preventing Zoonotic Diseases

Because of the risk of toxoplasmosis, pregnant women are urged to have someone else clean the cat's litter box. There is no need to rehome the cat!

Preventing Zoonotic Diseases

Certain health problems can be passed from a cat to a human — but using common sense and good hygiene can keep everyone happy and healthy.

You love your cat dearly, and you’d like to think that she feels the same way about you. Unfortunately, some feline diseases stemming from bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections can affect humans as well cats. And according to Linda Ross, DVM, an associate professor of small animal medicine at the Cummings School, several of these ailments — known collectively as zoonotic diseases — can be passed between cats and humans.

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