5 diseases you could catch from your cat or dog

If you’ve ever wondered why pregnant women are told to steer well clear of their feline friends, it’s because of Toxoplasmosis. This parasite usually affects cats but can cause flu-like symptoms in infected humans.

1. Toxoplasmosis

From tapeworm to hookworm, cats and dogs have the potential to transfer a whole host of parasitic illnesses to their pet parents.

2. Worms

Cat Scratch Disease (CSD) is a bacterial infection that spreads when a cat licks a person’s open wound or scratches or bites them hard enough to break the skin. It is caused by a bacterium called Bartonella henselae that infects cats through flea bites and flea droppings.

3. Cat Scratch Disease

One of about a dozen spotted fever illnesses found worldwide, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is common in the south Atlantic and south-central parts of the United States. Transmitted to humans via the American dog tick and the Rocky Mountain wood tick, it is the most common fatal tick-borne disease in the United States.

4. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rabies is primarily found in wild animals, like bats and raccoons. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that most Rabies deaths in humans are caused by bites from dogs who another infected animal has bitten. It can also be spread through scratches or a dog's saliva coming into contact with your mouth, nose, or eyes.

5. Rabies