Several years ago I caught walking pneumonia. I was given antibiotics for it, and although I didn't feel better after the course of antibiotics, the doctor told me that she was sure that they would have cleared it up. I went back home and spent a week or two with my cats that lived in another city with my mother. Before I left, I noticed that the older of my two cats didn't look well, and asked my mother if she would take her to the vet and get her antibiotics as I was leaving the next day. She did, and that cat got better. However I didn't realize the other younger cat has also gotten it. It wasn't until I came back to visit 6 months later and asked where the other cat was that my mother had told me he had sickened and died. They had done an autopsy and determined the cause of death to be pneumonia.
I was devastated.
I had killed my cat.
I had no idea that this could be passed from humans to animals. I called my doctor and told her what had happened, and she said that wasn't possible. Well she had been wrong twice, with devastating results. Whatever you are told- I am here to tell you that indeed pneumonia can be passed to cats. Young or old, healthy and compromised. Please don't let this happen to your pets.