Cats and Immune Compromised People
Cats and Immune Compromised People. It’s not so unusual any more for people to have serious immune system problems. People who are taking steroids or other immunosuppressive drugs such as gold salts, cyclosporine, or azothiaprine; who have had an organ transplant; are undergoing radiation or chemotherapy; have an immune-related disease such as HIV/AIDS; or are simply very young or very old; all need to use proper precautions if a cat is to share the home. Women who are or may become pregnant also need to be cautious of disease exposure.
Unfortunately, it is still common for physicians to advise pregnant women and immune-compromised people to “get rid of the cat.” However, this is certainly not necessary...Read More