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Articlecat health and wellbeingFriday 20 May 2011
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In most cases, when cats scratch the skin, it’s a fleeting problem; a minor discomfort that may just need a plaster to remedy a wound. Occasionally, however, a cat’s scratch can become more serious for humans, and if a scratch is left untreated, cat scratch fever can occur. To learn more about this disease, read the information below.

Cat Scratch Fever: Symptoms and Solutions


Cat scratch fever tends to occur when a cat carrying the Bartonella henselae bacterium scratches or bites a human, transmitting the infection. Although the disease tends to be fairly rare, it should be noted that roughly four in ten cats will carry the bacteria at some stage during their lives – therefore it’s best to be informed about the potential dangers of cat scratch disease or fever.

Unfortunately, there is practically no means of determining whether a cat is carrying the bacteria – the outward signs will be normal. This means that you may have no clue that you have contracted cat scratch fever until the symptoms develop.

Luckily, the common signs and symptoms of the disease are a little easier to spot. Check the skin around the area of the cat’s scratch. If the wound displays any sign of infection or swelling, this can point towards a bout of cat scratch fever. If you are feeling tired, headachey and start skipping meals, these are all common symptoms that the fever is starting to take hold. Even if these symptoms start to occur several days after the cat’s scratch, this doesn’t necessarily mean you should rule the disease out as a potential cause. Another common sign is severe conjunctivitis.

Thankfully, like a regular flu or fever, you should only feel worse for wear for a couple of days until the cat scratch fever begins to subside. In the vast majority of cases, the fever is not fatal. Antibiotics can help rid your system of the fever, but if the bout becomes severe, you may have to undergo a draining procedure to remove the bacterium from the lymph nodes commonly attacked by cat scratch fever. Finally, you can minimise the risk of the disease occurring by making sure your cat’s scratch comes nowhere near your exposed skin.

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