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problems with cats urinating on carpets

If you are inhaling cat poop and pee on a day to day basis is it harmful or could it make you sick or have breathing problems
Type of Animal
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cats
Age of Animal
:  
varies
Sex of Animal
:  
Female
Breed of Animal
:  
domestic
Last date your pet was examined by a vet?
:  
August 15, 2009
City
:  
wilmington
State/Province
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nc
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Most zoonotic respiratory diseases can cause mild upper respiratory or eye infections only in immunosuppressed individuals, or humans afflicted with pre-existing upper respiratory conditions such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), Chronic bronchitis and Asthma, for example.  However, chronic breathing of contaminated particles may act as a mechanical irritant to the respiratory tract and cause cough, or allergies, in susceptible individuals.

The following are the three most common feline zoonotic diseases

1.  Chlamydiosis,  caused by Chlamydophila felis (previously know as Chlamydia) is an organism spread to humans through DIRECT contact with eye discharge from an infected cat. It can cause a form of conjunctivitis (pink eye).

2.  Bordetella bronchiseptica (tracheobronchitis) can also uncommonly infect humans, but usually only those with AIDS,  pneumonia, severe uncontrolled upper respiratory disease, or other immunocompromising disease.   The most common mode of transmission is through DIRECT close contact with a sneezing cat.  Symptoms include: sneezing, nasal discharge, cough, and pneumonia.

3.  Streptococcus A bacteria (Strept Throat) is a human organism that can be spread to cats and than back again.  

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