As a nation we love cats, with over 8.5 million of them in the UK alone it’s no wonder they are quickly becoming one of the nations most popular pets.
Not only can they be a cuddly loving companion, but they can also can also have great benefits on our health. Did you know stroking a cat not only reminds it of the days when they were a kitten but it can also lower your blood pressure, lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce stress and that’s just a few of many other health benefits.
However it’s not all good news for cat owners, as well leaving you ‘treats’ on the door mat they caught in the garden earlier that day, they can also bring something a little more sinister into your home. Zoonoses is a general name for diseases which spread from animals to people who have close contact with them, or with their faeces. Many of these can come in the form of bacterial infections they included;
- Campylobacter infection
- Giardia and cryptosporidium
All these can be prevented as easily as they can be transferred, thoroughly washing your hands or using hand sanitiser after any contact with your pet, disinfecting any work surfaces your cat comes in contact with, wearing gloves when cleaning out litter boxes and always covering your child’s sandbox when not in use will dramatically decrease and prevent chances of infection.
Follow these simple steps and you can keep your home and family infection free.