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Felis catus A mammal of medical interest in:

IMMUNOLOGY

Some individuals are highly allergic to cats, which is attributed to the Fel dl antigen

PSYCHOLOGY

Domesticated cats serve as companions in the context of pet therapy

PUBLIC HEALTH

Cats can be a vector for bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses   

Cats as vectors for pathogens

• Bacteria Afipia felis, Bartonella (Rochalimaea) henselae, Bergeyella (Weeksella) zoohelcum, Brucella suis-anthrax, Campylobacter jejuni, Capnocytophaga canimorsus, CDC group NO-1, Chlamydia psittaci–feline strain, Dipylidium caninum, Francisella tularensis, Neisseria canis, Pasteurella multocida, Q-fever, Rickettsia felis, salmonellosis, Yersinia pestis, Yersinia pseudotuberculosis

• Fungi Microsporum canis–dermatophytosis, Sporothrix schenckii

• Parasites Ancylostoma braziliense, Ancylostoma caninum, Brugia pahangi*, Clonorchis sinensis, Cryptosporidium spp, cutaneous larva migrans, Dipylidium caninum, Dracunculiasis medinensis*, Echinococcus vogeli, E multilocularis, Gnathostoma spinigerum, Isospora belli, Leptospira spp–leptospirosis,  Opisthorchis felineus, Sarcoptes scabiei–scabies, Toxoplasma gondii, Trypanosoma cruzi*, trichinosis, visceral larva migrans, Wuchereria bancrofti

*Parasites which have part of their life cycle in humans

• Viruses Cowpox, poxvirus, rabies

RESEARCH

• Ehlers-Danlos syndrome 7C/dermatosparaxis (OMIM:225410) in Himalayan cats

• Mannosidosis (OMIM:248500) in Persian cats

• Mucopolysaccharidosis VII (OMIM: 253220) in domestic shorthair cats

• Niemann-Pick disease C1 (OMIM: 257220) in Siamese and domestic shorthair cats

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