Can Your Cat Make You Sick?

Many of us can’t get enough of our furry friends and spend every minute that we can playing with them and sometimes they scratch. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new study showing that more people are suffering from serious complications from something called the “cat scratch fever.”


Cat-scratch disease or “cat scratch fever” has more serious complications than people originally thought. When a cat scratches a person, they can pass on a bacterial infection that they catch from fleas. Through a scratch, bite, or lick, they can get you sick.

“When cats scratch themselves they get the bacteria on their claws, so when they scratch a person the bacteria can enter the skin and infect the person,” said lead researcher Dr. Christina Nelson, a CDC medical officer.