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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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Hi Cath

You could ask your GP or consultant about this as well as the vet. I have a friend with M.E. who fosters cats that have come from "battered wives hostels" (I think they call them something more politically correct that this). They arrive in some pretty awful states, stressed and ill.

She always says the emotional benefits outweigh the occasional allergy symptom which she has had. And has never caught cat flu that I know :)

I had a lovely cat up until recently - using her photo as my picture here - and she was pretty ill towards the end and went down with infection after infection. I was at my healthiest I have been for years during that period and I will pick up good old human infections like a magnet even when not immunosuppressed.

So... I really do think ask all the specialists you can and I hope the answer is "you'll be fine" as our furry friends are just the best therapy ever.

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