October 17th, 2006, 04:52 PM
Hello all, I have a dog and until recently we also had a cat. They played together great and having the cat around helped my dog lose and keep off a lot of her weight. With the recent death of our cat I'm looking to get a new one. We have several stray kittens at our work, that are perfectly friendly around everyone, and I would like to make one of them our new cat. My main concern is can any of them bring home diseases to my dog. I can't afford to have all the cat's checked before I bring them home, but to make sure my dog gets along with the cat I don't want to get her sick in the process.
I'm not concerned with minor problems, such as fleas and ear mites. These we can take care of as a family. Is there anything that can seriously hurt my dog from just 2 - 3 days of exposure?
October 17th, 2006, 07:00 PM
I think the rescues here have to answer that one... They'd know best.:o
October 17th, 2006, 08:07 PM
I just reread my original post and it seemed a little cold. I just want to clarify that I did/do love the Smokey (the deceased cat) and I would like a new one for more reasons than just keeping my dog's weight down. I wrote the first part in a hurry so I guess I detached the feelings from it.
October 17th, 2006, 09:26 PM
I'm not able to think of any instances where a cat disease has crossed over to a dog. As you mentioned, it would only be things like fleas, ear mites(which is a rare occurrence to carry over to dogs) and worms. The other diseases, such as Rhino, Panleuk etc... do not go cross species. oops, Forgot about Ringworm.
October 17th, 2006, 10:04 PM
Forgot about Ringworm.
Yep, exactly what I was going to say... don't forget the infamous ringworm... :eek:
October 23rd, 2006, 05:08 PM
Bordetella can be passed between them. I had a cat pick this up from my dog who was sick with it, did some searching on the internet and found that Bordetella can be passed from dog to cat and in some cases can be lethal. There is even a cat vaccine for it.