Cat-associated human plague cases, including fatalities, have been reported in the western United States since 1977 (3). Compared with dogs, cats are highly susceptible to plague illness and can transmit disease to humans directly through exposure to respiratory droplets and infectious body fluids associated with bites or scratches (1).
Source: Notes from the Field: Plague in Domestic Cats — Idaho, 2016 | MMWR
For all my cat loving readers.
With apologies to all cat lovers out there
Acquiring a cat as an adult can lead to allergies to cat dander; the risk is lower if one had a cat as a child but higher if allergies were already present.
via Medical News: Cat Allergy Depends on When You Get the Cat – in Allergy & Immunology, Allergy from MedPage Today.
If you have allergies, asthma, or never had a cat as a child, don’t get a cat.
Research Links Parasite In Cats To Mental Illnesses : NPR
I desperately wanted to title this post “Cats Cause Mental Illness” but I didn’t because that would have been irresponsible.
For the record, I like cats.