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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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Hello Cath

I found this article

I know for a fact that when people hear certain words such as 'chemo' or 'immunosuppressed' they have an exaggerated blanket type reaction often because as professionals they take care not to expose themselves to liability. It is much easier for them to say a categoric no and often they aren't knowledgable enough about any individual case to make a realistic assessment. If you don't think you are especially immunosuppressed in practice you are probably OK.
A friend of mine who has a sort of cancer but isn't on any medication went to a luxury spa. She had checked with her medical advisors who told her she could have any sort of therapy she felt like and was up to. Unfortunately her companion mentioned that she had cancer and they immediately refused to allow her any specific therapies except for a manicure and a pedicure.

All I know about pets comes from Raglet and Animal Cops Houston but I think the advice to take older animals is very sensible. Do you know if you have already been exposed to toxoplasmosis?
I would also rule out very close physical contact, such as face and faeces.

Good Luck ! We have to take some risks to enjoy life and some risks are more worth than others
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Hello Cath
I think the toxoplasmosis test is very simple. I first heard of it when I was pregnant in France 30 years ago. My UK GP explained it wasn't done in the UK because we don't eat undercooked meat but I haven't heard of it being done here these days when people are much more likely to eat rare steaks.
I am slightly sceptical of that reasoning considering they don't do Group B strep either, for cost effectiveness reasons.
If you have been exposed to it you can relax and if like me you haven't, you just have to cross your fingers and take great care with gardening too. There might be more up-to-date info about it of course!
I hope you really enjoy your foster cats
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