Cat scratches and bites can cause cat scratch disease, a bacterial infection carried in cat saliva. The bacteria are passed from a cat to a human after the cat licks its paws then scratches human skin. Rubbing the eyes after petting a cat's fur can also spread cat scratch disease. Young kittens less than 1 year of age are more likely to scratch, increasing the likelihood of infection.
Cat Scratch Disease | Symptoms & Causes
What are the symptoms of cat scratch disease?
The following are the most common symptoms of cat scratch disease. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
Cat Scratch Disease | Diagnosis & Treatments
How do we treat cat scratch disease?
Treatment may include:
- blood tests
- antibiotics (to treat the infection)
- supportive care (to treat the symptoms that result from the infection)