Toxoplasmosis in cats

 

Toxoplasmosis is a disease usually transmitted to humans by pets, such as cats. Particularly dangerous for pregnant women who have to be monitored in case of seronegativity, it can infect the blood and the foetus. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with this pathology and its symptoms in cats. 

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What is toxoplasmosis?

Toxoplasmosis is an infection that cats catch, usually when they eat raw meat such as a mouse. It may also be transmitted by direct contact with the faeces of infected cats. This disease can be serious if a sick cat is in contact with a pregnant woman. In fact, the feline can transmit toxoplasmosis to the foetus. Each year, more than 2500 children are born in France with a congenital toxoplasmosis. 

Symptoms of toxoplasmosis

Generally, toxoplasmosis is a disease characterised as asymptotic. However, some symptoms can appear in cats, such as diarrhoea, fever or swollen glands. Therefore, it is essential to take your pet to a veterinarian for a blood test in order to determine whether the disease is present or not.