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Can a cat catch a human cold?

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My cats sleep with me in bed and I have a bad cold. I want to know if cats can catch a human cold? If yes, I wouldn't want them sleeping with me wile I'm sick.
post #2 of 6
You might want to ask this question on the Health and Nutrition forum where someone who may know can answer you.
I do know that cats can catch cold...but whether or not they can catch them from people I could`nt tell you.
Linda
post #3 of 6
No, your cat cannot catch your cold. Now if you had strep and allowed your cat to kiss you on the mouth, the cat could catch the strep. Not to many people I know let their cats kiss them on the mouth when they are ill.
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Originally Posted by hissy
Now if you had strep and allowed your cat to kiss you on the mouth, the cat could catch the strep.
Would that manifest itself as a throat infection, as in humans, or as something else?
post #5 of 6
Cats supposedly can't catch human influenza, either, http://www.vet.cornell.edu/FHC/influenza.htm , but Jamie and several other cats here were sick in September with what my vet suspected was influenza, and blood tests confirmed that they had human influenza.
It's probably okay for your cats to sleep with you, but try not to sneeze on them, and wash your hands before petting them or handling their food.
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Originally Posted by hissy
No, your cat cannot catch your cold. Now if you had strep and allowed your cat to kiss you on the mouth, the cat could catch the strep. Not to many people I know let their cats kiss them on the mouth when they are ill.
Would it be the same thing? a bad sore throat? i didn't know that can happen. Any other things they can catch from us?
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