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Rescued kitten dangerous to my kittens?
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d_caitlin posted:
My old roommate is a magnet for stray kittens, and just the other day managed to land herself a beautiful little boy who must be around 4 months- not neutered I found out, much to his displeasure. He has long black messy hair, and it's near halloween, so I've named him Harry. When they first found him, he ate an entire chicken breast and then conked out for 5 hours straight. It was the first really cold night we've had, so I bet he was exhausted and glad to be inside where it was warm.

Well, she couldn't keep him at her apartment- against her lease, and roommates- so I drove down to pick him up and have been keeping an eye on him in my bathroom for the last two nights.

I have two kittens myself- both 7 months old, brother and sister. They are strictly indoor, and so haven't received certain vaccines. Unaware of what this kitten has, I've been keeping him seperate from mine. He's shut in my bathroom, they're in my room. My question is, are my kittens still in danger on contracting anything from this kitten? Could I be carrying anything to my kittens after touching this stray? I don't think he has fleas, and haven't seen him scratching, but is it possible?

I've contacted the rescue my kittens came from and they are accepting Harry tomorrow. Hopefully his vet check up will tell me if he's sick at all, but I'm still nervous. He's sneezed a few times and has had very runny stool- probably from having such a poor diet. I feel so bad for the little guy, but want to contain anything he could have.

I work at a hospital and have access to some pretty potent cleaning supplies which I plan to clean my bathroom with after he's gone. Am I totally overreacting?
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AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
No, you're definitely not overreacting, just being cautious. Stray kittens can easily carry diseases contagious to other cats including Feline Leukemia, intestinal parasites, fleas, etc. Most of these issues are treatable but some, like Feline Leukemia and many other viruses, are not. You did the right thing by keeping Harry physically separated from your other cats. Although there are a few diseases that can be transmitted on your hands, food bowls, etc., most require direct contact with another cat to be transmitted, so the risk to your other cats is low.

Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
The Cat Doctor
Board Certified in Feline Practice


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