Toxoplasmosis In Cats
Did you know that toxoplasmosis is a zoonotic disease? Yes, it can be passed from infected cats to humans, and it is particularly dangerous for women who are pregnant. The causative agent is a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii. It is acquired via ingestion of cysts that can be found in contaminated soil, water, feces, blood, from infected animals. Kittens can also get the parasite from their mother. Kittens, old cats, and those with compromised immune systems have higher risks for the infection.
One important concern associated with toxoplasmosis in cats is that many are asymptomatic carriers, meaning they are carrying the parasite without showing any signs of the infection. Asymptomatic carriers are important sources of the parasite. Cats that do show signs of infection may manifest the following symptoms:
- Unexplained weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Sensitivity to light
- Difficulty breathing
- Runny nose
- Flu-like symptoms
- Seizures may be present in extreme cases
Contact your veterinarian Roanoke, VA about the best way to protect your pet against toxoplasmosis and other parasites.