Can My Cat Catch a UTI from Me?

Owner is worried cat could catch a urinary tract infection.

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Q: I just found out from my doctor that the urinary tract infection I have been fighting might also be an E. coli infection. Is there any danger to my cats? Is such a transmission possible between humans and cats?

Lynda-Marie Hauptman
A: Rest assured, there is no danger to your cat. Urinary tract infections are not transmissible between people and cats, nor are they transmissible from cat to cat. E. coli is a very common urinary tract pathogen and also is the most common organism isolated from cats with urinary tract infections. 

Arnold Plotnick, DVM

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jen    bangor, ME

2/15/2010 12:14:54 AM


wanda    monmouth, ME

12/30/2009 3:02:26 AM

very good

janet    bethlehem, PA

10/6/2009 4:52:57 AM

good article thank you

Linda    Mandeville, LA

8/2/2008 10:03:27 AM

Good article, though it makes one wonder does this lady's cat often play in and around the toilet?

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