Cat Scratch Fever In Cats: Diagnosis & Prevention | BudgetVetCare

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Cat Scratch Fever is transmitted to cats from flea feces. This doesn't cause any severe complications to cats, but its owner is at a huge risk

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Cat Scratch Fever:

Cat Scratch Fever 1 BudgetVetCare

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Cat scratch fever, also known as cat scratch disease (CSD), is caused by bacteria named Bartonella henselae. The disease is transmitted to the cat through flea feces that is present on the cat’s skin. Thus, when the cat grooms himself, he ingests the bacteria and becomes infected. Although it doesn’t cause any severe complications to cats other than fever, muscle pain or swollen glands, its owner is at a huge risk of getting infected with cat scratch fever. The disease can be transmitted to humans through just a scratch, lick or a bite. 2 BudgetVetCare

What is Bartonella?:

What is Bartonella ? 3 BudgetVetCare

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Bartonella organisms are very sneaky in nature. They are not easily caught as they gradually reproduce by hiding in the circulating blood cells and blood vessels in fewer numbers. Fleas , spiders, ticks, and lice are known to transmit the disease to other animals and eventually humans. 4 BudgetVetCare

 Some common symptoms of the disease –:

  Some common symptoms of the disease – 5 BudgetVetCare

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Swollen glands Fever Lethargic Loss of appetite Vomiting/diarrhea Nasal and eye discharge Sneezing Inflammation in the mouth and gums 6 BudgetVetCare

Diagnosis of Cat Scratch Fever:

Diagnosis of Cat Scratch Fever To get an exact diagnosis, your vet will need to run a few tests. He will require a complete medical history of your cat and if he has been infested with fleas or ticks in the past few months . 7 BudgetVetCare

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The vet might run a Western Blot test in your cat which assesses the antibodies in the system against the bacteria. The test needs to be sent to a laboratory and the results usually arrive within a few days. 8 BudgetVetCare

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Another possible diagnostic test is ELISA testing. ELISA stands for enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and it’s similar to Western Blot but takes lesser time to get the results. 9 BudgetVetCare

Treating Cat Scratch Fever:

Treating Cat Scratch Fever 10 BudgetVetCare

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The treatments are not very complex. Usually, the treatment consists of a few doses of antibiotics and some rest. Bartonella is gram-negative bacteria. Hence, it’s difficult to treat it with antibiotics that have low power. To cure this disease, intense antibiotics are administered to the cat for about three weeks to remove the disease from its roots . 11 BudgetVetCare

How to Prevent Cat Scratch Fever?:

How to Prevent Cat Scratch Fever ? 12 BudgetVetCare

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If your cat was treated for cat scratch fever, ensure that he doesn’t come in contact with any parasites, otherwise, he has a chance of getting contaminated again. Moreover, administering flea and tick preventives will protect your cat from catching this disease. 13 BudgetVetCare

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Frontline Plus  is the most effective flea and tick treatment for cats. It protects your kitty from those annoying parasites for a full month. Hence, this treatment will not only be beneficial against parasites but it’ll also protect your pet from the diseases caused by them. 14 BudgetVetCare

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