MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT “CAT-SCRATCH DISEASE” – by the Paw Project

The Paw Project
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MORE THAN YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT “CAT-SCRATCH DISEASE” – by the Paw Project
First, “Cat-Scratch Disease” is a misnomer…caused by misunderstanding about the cause of the disease. In scientific literature, the disease is currently more often called Bartonellosis. Bartonellosis, caused by the bacteria Bartonella henselae, is transmitted via flea feces. Declawing is not recommended on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) webpage regarding prevention of Bartonellosis (http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/cat-scratch.html). While it can be argued that flea “dirt” embedded under a cat’s nails can be the source of infection when a person is scratched, it can also be caused by flea bites, or any wound caused by any means that is contaminated by fleas feces containing the Bartonella bacteria. The logical and medically sound method of prevention is to provide solid, ongoing flea control, not amputation of a cat’s digits.

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