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Toxoplasmosis In Cats

A protozoan parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii is responsible for the occurrence of a zoonotic disease known as toxoplasmosis. It can affect pets, livestock, birds, and even people. The definitive hosts of T. gondii are felines, meaning they are the only species that can pass oocysts in their stool. The infection is acquired by fecal-contaminated food, water, surfaces, objects, etc. The most common route of infection in cats is eating infected mice, birds, and other small prey. The likely source of infection of indoor-only cats include raw meat or meat scraps. 

Many infected cats are asymptomatic, meaning they don’t show clinical symptoms and appear healthy and active. But some cats may develop certain health issues like coughing, pneumonia, diarrhea, neurologic problems, blindness, behavior changes, etc. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine that can give adequate protection against T. gondii. The good news is treatment can be effective with early diagnosis and medical intervention. To diagnose the problem, your vet Oconomowoc, WI may perform a blood test to determine the presence of antibodies against T. gondii. Schedule an appointment today!

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