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Felis catus A mammal of medical interest in:


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


Domesticated cats serve as companions in the context of pet therapy


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


• 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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