According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people are getting seriously ill from Cat-scratch fever, a disease that directly comes from contact with cats that have fleas.
Cat-scratch fever is caused by a bacteria found in fleas. People get the disease from kitty scratches and bites.
The bacteria can build up in cats’ fur and make its way into your body through the nose, eyes, or mouth and Kittens are more likely than adult cats to carry the bacteria, so snuggling and kissing them can be very dangerous
Those who have compromised immune systems have been severely affected. Many of them are children, because they love to play rough with cats.
The CDC therefore, recommends that as soon as you’re done petting your cat, wash your hands with soap and running water. Avoid kissing your cat’s fur, and don’t let your cat lick you, especially if you have open wounds. Don’t play rough with your cats, and don’t ever touch stray or feral cats. After all, cats sometimes can be finicky, and can lash out at you when you try to cuddle them.