A new study from the Center for Disease Control found that cat scratch disease, commonly known as cat scratch fever could be more of a threat than originally thought.
Before you quarantine your four legged friend, let’s look at the facts.
Cat scratch fever occurs when a cat who is infested with fleas, scratches itself and gets some flea feces under their claws.
If that cat scratches a person or another cat it can spread cat scratch fever.
According to the CDC, about 12,000 people are diagnosed with cat scratch fever each year.
Typical symptoms include localized swelling around the scratch, lymph node swelling as well and then a fever.
Ignoring the symptoms of cat scratch fever could put you in a world of hurt.
The CDC report also says that close to 500 cases a year require hospitalization.
The best way to keep cat scratch fever from finding it’s way into your home is to keep your cat free of fleas.
At the end of the day, cat scratch fever is no joke, and it could be a danger for you and your family, but like so many other things, a little prevention can go a long way.