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- Cat scratch disease facts*
- What is cat scratch disease? What are cat scratch disease symptoms and signs?
- How do cats transmit Bartonella henselae to people?
- What are serious but rare complications of cat scratch disease?
- What is the treatment for cat scratch disease?
- Is it possible to prevent cat scratch disease?
- Where can people find more information about cat scratch disease?
- Wash cat bites and scratches right away with soap and running water.
- Wash your hands with soap and running water after playing with your cat, especially if you live with young children or people with weakened immune systems.
- Since cats less than one year of age are more likely to have CSD and spread it to people, persons with a weakened immune system should adopt cats older than one year of age.
- Play rough with your pets because they may scratch and bite.
- Allow cats to lick your open wounds.
- Pet or touch stray or feral cats.
- Keep your cat's nails trimmed.
- Apply a flea product (topical or oral medication) approved by your veterinarian once a month.
- BEWARE: Over-the-counter flea products may not be safe for cats.
- Check with your veterinarian before applying ANY flea product to make sure it is safe for your cat and your family. Check for fleas by using a flea comb on your cat to inspect for flea dirt.
- Control fleas in your home by
- Vacuuming frequently
- Contacting a pest-control agent if necessary
Protect your cat's health
- Schedule routine veterinary health check-ups.
- Keep cats indoors to
- Decrease their contact with fleas
- Prevent them from fighting with stray or potentially infected animals
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