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Beware the Cat Scratch!
A 2016 Centers for Disease Control study that
looked at data from an 8-year period found
that cat scratch disease is more common
than anyone realized, with 12,500 people
diagnosed with it annually. Of those who
come down with the illness, as many as 500
every year require hospitalization. Children
under 5 and people with compromised
immune systems are more at risk.
“Cat scratch disease is caused by a
bacteria called Bartonella henselae, which is spread among cats — pri-
marily by fleas,” said Bruce Kornreich, D.V.M., associate director at the
Cornell Feline Health Center in Ithaca, New York. “In rare cases,
B. henselae may be transmitted from infected cats to humans
via scratches or bite wounds.”
If you ever get a cat bite or scratch, wash it well with
soap and water, and keep an eye out for any redness,
swelling or discharge. If you see any of these signs, seek
medical care immediately.
MAY 13TH IS NATIONAL ANIMAL DISASTER
If you don’t have one already, put together a disaster
kit for your cats. Fill a sturdy plastic storage container
with a lid with the following:
Food: Two-week supply for each cat. Don’t forget a can opener. Rotate the food out before it expires,
and replace with new food.
Water: Two-week supply for each cat (about 5 gallons). Rotate and replace every few months.
Litter box and litter (two-week supply):
Use a smaller, open-style box, or you can even
find disposable cardboard litter boxes. Include a
scoop and small plastic bags to dispose of waste.
Spare collar or harness with ID tags.
Towels and blankets.
Medication: Keep a two-week supply of vital meds in
the kit. Rotate out before they expire.
Carrier: Store your cat’s carrier near your disaster kit so
you can grab everything and go in case of an emergency.
BY JACKIE BROWN, FREELANCE WRITER
SPECIALIZING IN THE PET INDUSTRY
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