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A 32-year-old male asked:

Can my cat/kitten catch boils (either normal staph causing boils or serious bacteria like mrsa) from me or vice versa?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Hospital-based practice 21 years experience
Cat to human most li: Cats, especially those with claws, have been known to transmit bacteria to their human masters. Bacteria like MRSA are everywhere. Generally, humans don't transmit to cats because cats are "clean" compared to humans & we don't scratch our pets, generally. Aside from MRSA, cat-scratch disease (Bartonella bacteria), Pasturella, & other bacterial trasmission has been reported in medical journals.TTYD

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Last updated Jan 12, 2017

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