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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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:lol: Thanks Ladies:lol:

Yes, I think I'll phone my vet and ask. Hubby is being paranoid about it and I can't find evidence to prove it isn't an issue:hehe:

What do you mean Raglet - I can't send you any more pets then? What a shame. They have 350 looking for homes:eek:

Thankyou eveyone for yor very helpful advice and experiences!

And the websites were helpful too:blush:.

I tend to agree about the immunosupression being minimal - I don't catch things any more easily than hubby, and for the last several years 100% of what I've caught was a present from him, never a patient or animal.

The issue of toxoplasmosis does worry me - I don't know if I've ever been exposed, but I think I'll ask my GP to run a test to find out. If I'm already positive (and I grew up on a farm with hundreds of pets, helped butcher animals generally had my hands dirty, so probably did get exposed), then I can't catch it again, so that issue would be resolved.

I'm off to see the lady who currently has the sick cats in her home to protect the other healthy cats in the cattery. She's got 30 personally in her livingroom at the moment, so I do hope I can help out. A couple of old moggys asleep on the lounge sounds just the right thing:blush:

:blush::blush::blush:I met some of the orphans yesterday. 32 4 week old kittens, all asleep in their baskets for the 2pm rest hour.
Very very cute!
My depest respect to their current forster mum on achieving rest hour like that:blush::blush::blush:.

Kisses to your poorly pooch Raglet.


Well, I got the results back on the toxoplasmosis screen back, and suprisingly and dissapointingly - I'm negative.

Now I have to think whether the risk is worth it. My vet said not to do it. I'm not normally so indicisive, but I really don't know.....

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