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I have been extremely sick for the past week, it is the worst cold/flu i've ever had..and i was wondering is it possible for my little Nanu to get sick from me...she loves to cuddle with me and i tried to move her away as much as possible but she would meow all night unless i placed her on the bed with me...i use purell sanitizer on my hands every time i cough or sneeze...and before i give her food and water..
shes acting normal, doesnt seem to be sick at all but im just curious, if it was possible for a cat to get a human virus?
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Hi & welcome back!

Hope you feel better now!

Some years ago I asked this question to my vet & she said that is possible, so each time I have a cold I try not to be so close to my kits, just in case...
But today I saw an acerlt's thread where she explained just the opposite... Now I'm confused!
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here is some good reliable information from a reliable source, Cornell University Veterinary College: (link to site)

Zoonotic Disease: What Can I Catch From My Cat?


Quoted from about halfway down the page:

Viral Infections
Most viruses infect only their natural host species. Human viruses, like those that cause the common cold, infect only humans, while feline immunodeficiency virus, feline infectious peritonitis virus, and feline leukemia virus infect only cats.




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I hope she doesnt get sick, i noticed her poop to be a normal thickness but has a weird 'mustard' yellowish color and it is soft and shiny...
her food is normal, i didn't change anything about her diet, i'm feeding her what i have for the past 3 months....
she sneezed twice today, but shes active and doesn't seem drowsy or sleepy or anything like that...
my vet told me to wait a few days and see if it goes back to normal if it doesn't then come and see her....but i've read stories of peoples kittens having bacteria that wasn't treated and the kittens died within 3 days..
is 'mustard' colored shiny poop normal?

***she only pooped once today with that color, her poop yesterday was fine and normal looking***
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What can I do to protect my cat and myself?
Common sense and good hygiene will go a long way toward keeping you, your family, and your cat free of zoonotic diseases. Here are a few simple precautions:
. Wash hands before eating and after handling cats.
. Schedule annual checkups and fecal exams for your cat.
. Seek veterinary care for sick cats.
. Keep rabies vaccinations current.
. Maintain appropriate flea and tick control.
. Avoid letting your cat lick your face, food utensils, or plate.
. Consider keeping cats indoors.
. Seek medical attention for cat bites.
. Feed cats cooked or commercially processed food.
. Scoop litter boxes to remove fecal material daily.
. Periodically clean litter boxes with scalding water and detergent.
. Wear gloves when gardening or handling raw meat; wash hands afterwards.
. Cover children's sandboxes when not in use.
. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
. Filter or boil surface water before consuming.
. Cook meat to 160°F or 80°C (medium-well-done).
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What can I do to protect my cat and myself?
Common sense and good hygiene will go a long way toward keeping you, your family, and your cat free of zoonotic diseases. Here are a few simple precautions:
. Wash hands before eating and after handling cats.
. Schedule annual checkups and fecal exams for your cat.
. Seek veterinary care for sick cats.
. Keep rabies vaccinations current.
. Maintain appropriate flea and tick control.
. Avoid letting your cat lick your face, food utensils, or plate.
. Consider keeping cats indoors.
. Seek medical attention for cat bites.
. Feed cats cooked or commercially processed food.
. Scoop litter boxes to remove fecal material daily.
. Periodically clean litter boxes with scalding water and detergent.
. Wear gloves when gardening or handling raw meat; wash hands afterwards.
. Cover children's sandboxes when not in use.
. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
. Filter or boil surface water before consuming.
. Cook meat to 160°F or 80°C (medium-well-done).
1) I use hand sanitizer when im not near water, and if i am i wash them
2) i took her to the vet about 2 weeks ago, they said she was fine
3) All of her vaccinations have been given to her at the vets 2 weeks ago
4) She doesnt have either one at the moment but im sure she will at some point of her life
5) Never does any of those, my kitten tends to scratch and i dont want scratches on my face, and i feed her cat food and never give human foods to her
6) I'm already glad shes an indoor cat
7) She never made a large wound for it to be necessary
8.) Already do, shes really picky about what brands too lol, like a princess
9) I do it once daily if she only urinates and twice if she poops
10) I use litter box liners, and replace them every 3 days...those things are amazing, and they dont let the odor stick to the box
11) I live in the city so i dont have a garden, and wash my hands after i cook (the very few times i do cook that is lol)
12) No kids yet
13) without a doubt i would be insane not to do so while buying F&V's in the city...*wish i lived near the country*
14) I buy bottled water because its purified
15) I'm not a big meat eater but when i do i make sure its med. to well done

Phewww...i think that's all of it lol
Thank you soo much for your prompt reply krzekmaya, it means a lot to me that you took your time
all the best <3
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What can I do to protect my cat and myself?
Common sense and good hygiene will go a long way toward keeping you, your family, and your cat free of zoonotic diseases. Here are a few simple precautions:
. Wash hands before eating and after handling cats.
. Schedule annual checkups and fecal exams for your cat.
. Seek veterinary care for sick cats.
. Keep rabies vaccinations current.
. Maintain appropriate flea and tick control.
. Avoid letting your cat lick your face, food utensils, or plate.
. Consider keeping cats indoors.
. Seek medical attention for cat bites.
. Feed cats cooked or commercially processed food.
. Scoop litter boxes to remove fecal material daily.
. Periodically clean litter boxes with scalding water and detergent.
. Wear gloves when gardening or handling raw meat; wash hands afterwards.
. Cover children's sandboxes when not in use.
. Wash fruits and vegetables before eating.
. Filter or boil surface water before consuming.
. Cook meat to 160°F or 80°C (medium-well-done).
this is from the cornell link I posted, right? Cornell has great information!
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this is from the cornell link I posted, right? Cornell has great information!
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