Are your cats making you sick?

United States
September 29, 2008 10:02pm CST
Have you ever thought out the germs that cats leave around your house, after being in the cat litter box? For years, my cats slept on my bed, or nearby. And, then one day, the thought occurred to me that they were tracking germs into bed. Not sure if that's true. Cat's are always cleaning themselves off. But if you think about it, they get into the litter box and then out and then roam around the house putting those germs everywhere. Don't know anyone who has gotten really sick from cat germs. But it kind of makes me queezy thinking about it. What do you think? Are cats germy? Do you think that they put germs in the bedroom?
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Oh, for goodness sakes...LOL. Yeah, it has always been in my mind that my kitties are tracking germs wherever they go after using the litter pan...but I've never let it concern me. Heavens! I've had kitties since I was five years old. I can't help thinking dogs might be even more germ carriers since they walk outdoors...not only picking up germs, but little critters to boot...heehee
@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
30 Sep 08
PS---My kitties like to cuddle up and sleep with me each night...and I love it..would miss it if they didn't
• United States
30 Sep 08
Oh, definiely! Dogs are very germy, digging around the dirt and all. But, now the dog lovers are going to be very angry at me!
@katsmeow1213 (28910)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I'm not really all that finicky about germs, I believe the more you're exposed to them, the more immune you become, and I guess I'm right because I'm never sick, and I don't carry around little hand sanitizers or anything like that. I've lived around cats my entire life and never gotten sick from them. The only time I was told to worry about the cats is when I was pregnant, because you can get a disease from changing the litter. Although being the way I am, I didn't head the doctors warnings and still changed the litter. I never got sick! There was once I did get sick from a cat. I was very young and was scratched by a ferral cat (silly me for trying to pick it up, lol). I ended up getting cat scratch fever. I needed antibiotics and there was a large blister on my leg that had to be lanced. I still have the scar.
• United States
30 Sep 08
Poor baby! I got sick from a cat too when I was about three or four. Just infantigo. But it was pretty bad. It was from our outdoor cat. She scratched me and apparently her claws had that stuff on it and that got in my cut and infected me. But, cats are pretty cool, over all. Can't imagine my life without them.
@zandi458 (27947)
• Malaysia
30 Sep 08
I suspect so. Human beings can be carrier of germs and what more animals like cats. They roam about in the open and come back to our house and we do not know what they might have contacted outside. We pick them up and curdle them like curdling a baby, without realizing that we are being exposed to unknown germs. I am very sensitive to cats, the moment I am around them I sneeze non stop. They might be carrying sneezing germs lol. I really never like cats compared to dogs, their droppings are too strong and would make the whole place smell horrible.
• United States
30 Sep 08
The litter box issue is a real big deal for me! I am a clean freak and I don't like smells in my house. Not even cat smells.
@KrisNY (7591)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I'm sure they can. My cats make me sick- but that is because I'm allergic to them. I'm constantly vacuuming and sweeping up from them. Their hair and yes even cat litter that they bring out of the litter box. It grosses me out-
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
8 Oct 08
Gotta Love Em!! - And that I do!!
I guess they are if you really sit and think about it but you know, germs are everywhere and no matter what you do, you're going to be faced with germs. I'm always cleaning with antibacterial agent to get rid of the germs or at least minimize it so we can be healthy for longer periods of time (colds and flu) but to not have a cat around, and I have 10 of em, would be like living without actually living.
• United States
4 Oct 08
i don't worry about it-in some ways,i'm sure they're cleaner than us. i change my sheets every other day and always vacuum,so i'm sure it's minimal. the one tabby i swear has some form of OCD-i've never seen a cat clean himself as much as he does.
• China
1 Oct 08
when i in shool, raise a cat , which is a handsome cat but not good tamper. we raise him when he is a baby cat and spoiled, in the winter he always climb to the bed and sleep with you, somtime he like to enjoy himself outside, it is really have germs. but you can't do nothing.
@cortjo73 (6500)
• United States
30 Sep 08
We don't sleep with our cats anymore because they would keep me up if they suddenly decided it was time to play. Plus, when they did sleep with us, for some reason, I was always the one they would cuddle up with. Actually, I think it had to do with the fact that I have 2 extra throw blankets that I sleep with because I get cold easily. So, they would cuddle with me since they are naturally attracted to more blankets. That would make it hard for me to shift positions throughout the night. Anyway, I do think they track some germs around on their feet right out of the litter box. But, so do we from outside. Think about where we walk in a day. On dried spit from when people spit both saliva and phlegm on the ground. I know...yuck. If you walk around the yard or the neighborhood, you might be walking in dog urine or where a pile of dog poop once was. So, we track alot of germs around too with our shoes. Granted lots of people take their shoes off before they walk around their homes. Maybe you are one of those people so you aren't tracking many germs into your house on your shoes. But, either way...there are so many places that germs make their way into our lives and, yes...our pets are little germ makers but, it is something you have to either decide to deal with and try to put out of your mind, or something you decide you can't live with.
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
30 Sep 08
yes when i had my cat i had allergies really bad leaving cat hair every where they say if you have a baby a cat steals they breath if they can don,t know how true i know cats like to cuddle they do clean themself but they still have germs my sister always talked about how clean her cat was but her house had this oder that did not smell good at all well she had to move and while moving the furntiure we discovery that the cat has messed all underneath her bed and other pieces of furntiure she was mad it was piles of it where they was using the bathroom in her house even though her house appeared to be clean. and she had a litter box out for them they was using her house as a toliet mys sister never wanted to owned a cat again are any animals this teach her a vailable lesson don,t believe what you hear that cats are clean.its not true i saw it for myself they will use your house as a bathroom for themselves.
@chinna533 (309)
• India
30 Sep 08
At present i am not having any cats, dogs feeding.so,i don't have any problem with them...
@williamjisir (22900)
• China
30 Sep 08
Hello beauty queen. I think that cats do bring germs around as they roam around. It is better not to let cats get on bed to sleep or play, but on the ground and somewhere else for the sake of health. In fact, I don't have a cat though we used to have three new-born kittens. They were later sent to our friends as we didn't like the smell from the cats. Take care, friend.
@ronaldinu (12439)
• Malta
30 Sep 08
I think that cats are a very clean animal. However not saying this, I won't allow a cat in my bedroom. They should have a special place for them. I am a dog person but our bedroom was always out of bounds for my dog.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
30 Sep 08
Please find something else to worry about. My cats are inside only. Josie spends more than half her time cleaning herself. Any cat who wants to can sleep with me; I love it. I kiss and hug them all the time. I don't get sick from cats. This is not an issue. Don't let it bother you. Any germs they have you have, too. If you want to be neurotic about this, wash your hands anytime you touch them.
@Thoroughrob (11748)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I had never thought about it. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
30 Sep 08
I wouldn't be too worried about your cats being germy. I mean, they live in your house, so any germs they have, odds are you have the germs to them from outside.