Cats and human health

It is understandable to be concerned about how keeping a cat could impact on you.

Are you allergic to cats? Is it a concern if you are pregnant or have a small child? Are there any diseases that can transfer from cats to humans?

In this section we address these concerns, together with information on bereavement, cat hoarding and the benefits of owning a cat.


Diseases which can pass between animals and people are called zoonoses. A few of these can pass from cats to man (and vice versa) – find out the facts here.