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Cat carriers of step???
luvmycatsandmydogs posted:
I was just wondering my daughter came home from school today and was told by her teacher that cats can carry and then give strep throat to humans is there any truth to this???? As long as I worked in vet clinics i have never heard of this so i was looking for clarification before i tell her any different.
Will Draper, DVM responded:
I am almost positive that cats cannot transmit strep (Streptococcus) to humans, nor do they carry the same strain that affects humans and causes "strep throat". Cats do get upper respiratory infections, but not caused by Streptococcus- usually by herpes, calici, or rhinoviruses- not contagious to humans.
Dr. Will
luvmycatsandmydogs replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
Thanks that is what I was always told and heard just thought maybe something changed that I wasn't aware of
rohvannyn responded:
I do know for a fact that dogs are able to carry strep, and that's been confirmed by a PA (WebMD's Dr. Rod Moser to be exact) but I also know that this still doesn't mean that cats necessarily would.

There's a really funny story on Dr. Moser's blog about the Lab who carried strep, in fact.
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
Actually, there has been some indication that cats and people can transmit streptococcal bacteria to each other. This is not too far-fetched, as bacteria are less picky about who they infect than viruses and other organisms are. The evidence is scant, however, and seems to indicate it's more likely for cats to get strep from people than visa versa. In cases of recurrent strep throat infections in children who live with cats, it's a good idea to treat their cats. The few times I've done this, it's resolved the problem (which is not really proof, but it's easy to treat cats for this.) Interestingly, the cats showed no signs of illness.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice
An_245241 replied to Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP's response:
If I want to get my cat treated in case it is a carrier, what medicines should my vet be prescribing? I'm afraid that my vet isn't too familiar with something like this and I want to make sure that we're using the right medicine.
Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
I agree with my colleagues, that the majority of the bacteria that affect people don't affect animals and visa versa. This is not 100% but generally true. If you want to learn more about Strep in particular, you can read...

You can have your cat cultured...throat would be the most common site. What antibiotic would be dictated by what organism is found and its susecptibility.

As mom always said...wash your hands after playing with your pets. Smoochy, wet kisses should probably be avoided.
Dr. Bernadine Cruz


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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