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Sick cats and immmunosupression

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Ok, sorry for the wierd question, but I want to foster cats. The local cattery has an overload of cats at the moment, but they also have an epidemic of sneezing cats (either claicivirus, chlamidia or herpes or a mix of all 3). This is not cat flu and they have a good survival chance. According to the literature these diseases are not infectious for people, but my question is this:

Has anyone been told that they shouldn't be exposed to cats, especially sick cats if they are taking immunosupression? (You not the cat re the immunosupression). I am on azathioprine.

Any experiences gratefully recieved.

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Haha, that is an odd question but a good one :)

I'm afraid I have no idea - no-one told me to avoid anything but then again, even on imuran, I never ever catch the slightest cough or cold.

Do you catch things easily? I wouldn't have thought that cats transmit that much. Especially with all the basic hygiene precautions - washing hands etc. Maybe a vet would know best.

No relation to cats but when I had to go and see my Dad in hospital (suffering from MRSA induced pneumonia) I was told to "just be careful to use the alcohol gel on hands". Mind you, the doc also said, almost in the same breath that the whole hospital was dangerous for anyone with lupus or immunosuppressed. Maybe I'm just lucky in that I don't catch things.

now, I've said all that and haven't answered your question at all,

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