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Respiratory Infections in Rabbits and Cats

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Q: Is it is possible for a cat to catch a respiratory infection from a rabbit?

A:While anything is possible, this is unlikely. It is true that both cats and rabbits develop Pasteurella infections. However, Pasteurella is a normal bacterial inhabitant of rabbits and cats. Rabbits and cats can develop infection without ever being exposed to another pet. Most respiratory infections in cats are caused by viruses such as herpes virus or rhinotracheitis virus, although sometimes secondary bacterial infections also occur. Because most cats are vaccinated against these viruses, infections are not seen in most cats. As a rule, it’s unlikely that your rabbit or cat transmit anything harmful between them.

Credit: Reviewed by Dr. Amy I. Attas 
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