• Jan 6, 2020

Communication of the child with a cat promotes emergence of communicative skills, stress relief and emotional development. And still it can become the reason of serious diseases so before getting an animal, it is necessary to weigh everything pros and cons.

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At close contact with cats of people risks to catch such diseases as:

  • cutting deprive;
  • toxoplasmosis;
  • rage;
  • salmonellosis;
  • tuberculosis;
  • sharp gastroenteritis;
  • tulyaremiya;
  • clamidiosis.

And it is not the exhaustive list. However all mentioned diseases are especially dangerous to kids: the children's organism at which the immunity is not absolutely created yet is not capable to fight back an infection.

If the animal is taken from the street or bought in poultry market and had no examination at the veterinarian, his stay in the house where there lives the child, it is extremely undesirable. Also in a zone of risk there are cats who eat crude meat, hunt mice and rats, go out of the apartment. They often are carriers of bacterial, viral and fungal diseases even if in appearance seem absolutely healthy.

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One more danger trapping the child at communication with a cat — infection with helminths. Most often it is roundworms who cause дипилидиоз, токсокароз, токсаскаридоз and унцинариоз — at such diseases disorders of digestion, emergence of allergic reactions, rash are characteristic.

Parents seldom connect the listed symptoms with a helminthic invasion, but often endanger children — feed an animal with crude fish, pork or chicken, allow it to sniff at street footwear. By the way, favourite entertainment of cats — catching of flies and spiders — too can become the reason of emergence of worms at first at a pet, and then and at his owners.

It is possible to avoid infection if to watch over health of an animal: to regularly give it glistogonny medicines and to make tests on detection of helminthoses. It is also necessary to watch that the child did not kiss a cat, washed hands after the games with it and did not touch bowls with a forage.

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Children who were scratched by a cat risk to receive not only short-term pain and ugly marks on skin, but also an acute infectious disease — Mollare's granuloma. It is caused by Bartonella henselae bacterium; it gets to an animal organism at stings of fleas and ticks, and then is transferred to the person.

Among symptoms of this illness there is a temperature increase of a body, increase in lymph nodes, joint pain, fatigue and sharp loss of weight. Unfortunately, the only way to save the child — to limit his communication with a cat, especially if the animal shows signs of aggression.


The intolerance of wool or saliva of a pet is a consequence of failure in work of the immune system of the person. There is an opinion that if the child since the birth lives in one house with a cat, then the risk of developing of an allergy will be below, however, such "cohabitation" does not give any guarantees.

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aggression Flash

Even the quietest cat will lose over himself control when it is pulled a tail and ears or try to dress up in a doll dress. Such flashes of aggression are quite justified, but they can frighten the child.

That it did not happen, parents have to watch behavior of children and not to leave them alone with an animal.

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