Is It Safe To Be Licked By A Cat?

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Excuse me, I want to ask if I have a cat, that cat is a domestic cat, so when I played with the Tampa cat the cat accidentally licked my mouth, is it safe or what to ask for an explanation?

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Hi Haikal,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Cats are one of the animals that are widely kept in our country. However, it is not uncommon for cats to be neglected so that they have the potential to spread various health problems to humans, ranging from mild to severe.


Cats that are not properly cared for often eat carelessly. In addition, the habit of cats to lick whatever they encounter is also very susceptible to causing many pathogenic (disease-causing) microorganisms to be contained in their saliva. This pathogenic microorganism when it enters the human digestive tract, for example when a cat licks your tongue, can certainly cause disease, as is characterized by digestive disorders, namely nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and so on.


In addition, one of the diseases that need to be aware of from tongue hooked by cats is toxoplasmosis. This disease is caused by the Toxoplasma gondii virus which causes sufferers to experience high fever, muscle pain, fatigue, weakness, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes. In people with immune disorders, this infection can lead to cognitive disorders, impaired body coordination, seizures, difficulty breathing, vision problems, and other more serious conditions. T. gondii virus is abundant in cat feces. And, if a cat who licks your tongue has toxoplasmosis, and he has previously licked his anus or his own feces, then you have the potential to catch this disease if you ingest the cat's saliva.


It's best to be extra careful when you come into contact with an untreated cat. Limit too intimate contact, which increases your risk of getting sick. Also, observe any signs of illness, as mentioned above, that you experience after coming into contact with the cat. If there is, do not delay to see a doctor directly in order to get adequate treatment.


Apart from the above conditions, too close contact with an untreated cat can also trigger other health problems, for example allergies, cat scratches (which causes fever and swollen lymph nodes), and so on. Therefore, if you really like cats, you should first make sure the cat you come into contact with is clean and doesn't have certain diseases that could potentially infect you.


Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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