Cats and mice can make a deadly combination.What else did your cat bring home, along with that mouse he so proudly presented to you? Romeo, pictured here, brought home Toxoplasmosis, a zoonotic disease. Unlike most cats who are exposed to that virus, Romeo, pictured below, became very sick, and his medical bills have mounted into the $thousands since then. The toxoplasmosis led to uveitis, which in turn led to glaucoma, leaving Romeo blind in one eye.
Weakened by his fragile state, he also developed bartonella. His medications alone added up to about $400/month, according to his human, Jennifer Yarchever.
In addition to toxoplasmosis, that little rodent "gift" could also bring home at least four other diseases, including Yersinia Pestis, better known as the Black Plague. For your own safety and that of your cat, if your cat becomes sick after ingesting a mouse, take both the kitty (and the mouse, if still available) to your veterinarian without delay. (Be sure to don surgical gloves before handing any rodent.) If your kitty's illness is one which could reach epidemic proportions, your vet may want to submit the mouse to a lab for analysis, then notify the proper authorities. Read the full article for information on the other potential hitchhikers your cat may have brought home along with that mouse.
Romeo is now an inside-only cat. His experiences provide just one more reason to keep cats safely indoors.
Photo Credit: © Jennifer Yarchever