Good quality cat food 'may reduce risk of catching infections from your kitty'

Monday, 28th March 2011

Investing in high quality cat food is one of the ways owners can help protect themselves from diseases that their kitty may pass on to them.

That is according to an article on Yahoo! Lifestyle, which claims there are a number of preventative measures owners can take to avoid picking up infections from their cats.

The news provider details how certain diseases can develop in cats and then be passed on to their owners, such as Ringworm, Cat Scratch Disease and Toxoplasmosis.

Toxoplasmosis is found in most birds and warm blooded mammals, so can be passed to cats easily because of their hunting habits.

"People can become infected by coming into contact with contaminated cat faeces, soil, sand or anywhere the cat has used as a toilet.

"Most people infected with the parasite don't experience symptoms. But babies, young children, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are more at risk from serious disease," it states.

Suggested preventative measures include washing your hands after handling a cat, feeding good quality cat food and keeping litter trays away from kitchens and eating areas.