Is Cat Licking On Humans Dangerous?

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Good afternoon, I keep a Persian cat at home, it sleeps on my bed and this cat likes to lick my face and my hair at 3-5 am. What is the danger of cat licking on humans?

1 Answer:

Dear Farhan,


One of the typical habits of cats is to lick, both their own body parts and other objects. The cat's tongue is specifically designed as a mechanism for cleaning and "combing" its own hair. The spit on the cat's tongue contains a kind of antiseptic that can function even to heal the wounds it licks. However, this does not mean that all cat licks are harmless. Not infrequently cats also lick their own anus where it excretes its feces. This condition will then certainly bring hygiene problems, even infection in someone. One of the most popular diseases caused by cats is toxoplasmosis, in which a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii that comes from cat feces is eaten by humans. One mechanism that is allegedly behind this is, cats lick human food after licking their own anus. Thus cat licking cannot be said to be 100 percent safe for humans. We advise you to keep your cat's health in check by regularly checking it at the vet, as well as immunizing it as needed. In addition, it is important to limit the cat to not too much physical interaction that might lead to hygiene and health problems. Here we attach an article about the dangers of cat hair. Hope it is useful.

dr. N. K. Arief

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