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Cat Scratch Fever – What Is It, Really?

Sixteen years ago this month, the movie “Detroit Rock City” landed in theaters, bringing with it Ted Nugent’s classic “Cat Scratch Fever” as covered by Pantera, reviving the 1977 classic and bringing it a new following at the turn of the millennium. While the song’s themes are a bit risqué, the song’s name does relate to a true condition: Cat scratch disease.

Cat Scratch DiseaseCat scratch disease, sometimes popularly called cat scratch fever after the song’s release, is a bacteria carried by felines that is transferred to people through overly aggressive playing or scratching that breaks the skin, allowing the germs to get into a person’s body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cat’s saliva is the most common way that the germs are spread, with initial symptoms showing anywhere from three days to two weeks after a bite or scratch.

Signs of cat scratch disease in humans include redness and swelling, sometimes with infection, with more advanced cases leading to headaches, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. If the wound is near lymph nodes, glands nearby may also become inflamed, tender and swollen. In extreme cases, the bacteria can spread to the brain, heart and other organs, though this is very rare and often occurs only in those with compromised immune systems.

The bacteria that causes cat scratch disease – B. henselae – is fairly common among cats, though rarely manifests into any symptoms. The CDC estimates that as many as 40 percent of cats carry the disease, though most show no signs of problems. In cats that do, symptoms include inflammation of the heart which can lead to labored breathing, as well as urinary tract, mouth or eye infections.

Treatment is generally not prescribed for cat scratch disease except for in the most extreme of cases, as the body’s immune system can typically fight off the bacterial infection sufficiently. However, in some situations, antibiotics are used to help support the immune system and kill off the germs.

While far from serious – and it definitely won’t make you go insane, as Nugent suggests – cat scratch disease can easily be prevented by washing any wounds you receive from a cat with soap and water and keeping them clean. For more information, check out the CDC’s full article on cat scratch disease online.

When to Spay or Neuter

The decision to spay or neuter your pet is one that is often easy to make. As Bob Barker always closed out each episode of “The Price is Right,” having pets spayed and neutered can help control the pet population, but beyond that it can also be beneficial for your pet’s health and eliminate “bad”… Continue Reading

Why Do Cats Like Catnip?

Most cat lovers know that catnip is a special treat for cats that often makes them act out of character. For some, they get hyper, others get super affectionate, and some just roll around wherever you sprinkled it. While catnip doesn’t affect all cats – somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of cats have no… Continue Reading

Keep Kitty Cool This Summer

Imagine going all through the sweltering summer months wearing a brisk winter day’s attire. That’s essentially how life is for your feline friends, who endure the hot months with their fur coats. There are many ways to keep your cat cool while you’re away from home during the day. Here’s five tips to help your… Continue Reading

Moving with Cats: Transitioning to a New Home

Once you’ve finally arrived at your new home, it’s time to start getting your cat acclimated to the new space. As overwhelming and stressful as the packing and actual drive to your new location was, there’s still an entirely unknown and potentially terrifying place to for him or her to now adjust to. Here are… Continue Reading

Moving with Cats: Keeping Calm on the Road

Moving is a major adventure, and all the more so for your feline friend. While there are plenty of boxes to play in at first, as they fill up and the house empties of all their familiar items and furniture, your cat will likely become stressed. The worst is still yet to come, though –… Continue Reading

Add Secure and Protected Space to Your Shelter

Sometimes, adding safe and secure space to board cats to a shelter or finding a place house them while they stay with your veterinary practice can be difficult, especially if you’re working in an already confined area with not a lot of room to build new cages or rooms. Fortunately, our townhouses are a unique… Continue Reading

Preparing for the Annual Vet Trip

Going to the doctor is a routine part of life for people. We don’t like to visit them, and they usually don’t have much to say unless you have something serious going on with your body. Imagine how your cat feels, though, when you take them to the vet. They have just as much stress,… Continue Reading

Tips to Keep Your Cat’s Weight in Check

Everyone knows Garfield’s penchant for lasagna has given him his distinctive shape, but if your cat is starting to look like one of his cousins, it may be time to start planning a weight control program. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, more than half of all cats and dogs in the country… Continue Reading

Tight Squeeze: Why Cats Love Tight Spaces

Naturally you might think that your cat needs space to run around and play. This might even cause you to choose a pet sitter over boarding your kitty. But the truth is they love tight spaces. You may notice them practicing the motto “If I fits, I sits” as they squeeze themselves into a cardboard… Continue Reading