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Keep the cat indoors in the winter to avoid getting infected with salmonella, is the advice of the cat owner of the cat in the country. Stock Photography.
Do not release the cat before the spring to stand on the door – the Council is giving the National Institution for Veterinary Medicine (CVA), since last year's appearance of salmonella among cats appears to be taking place in the winter of 2019.
CVA confirmed 165 cases of salmonella in cats during the first month of the year. The figure is unusually high compared to January 2008-2018, when cases can usually be counted on one hand and means that last year's peak with 395 confirmed cases in January was not an individual exception.
– It's less than last year at this time of the year, but more than what we've usually seen. We believe that there is a link between the number of cases and the population of small birds this year is very gray fish, "says Elina Lahti, an epidemiologist at the CBA.
January-March is the worst
More tiny birds mean that it is easier to reach each other, for example in birds and birds, which increases the risk of spreading birds among them. The salmonella bacterium then spreads to open cats that catch infected birds. Therefore, the Council keeps the cats indoors from January to March.
"If possible, the cat should be kept in shelter during the worst, which is the first three months of the year, even if it is not always so easy if the cat is used to be out," Lahti said.
Wash your hands
The cat with salmonella does not always show clear symptoms. Some cats become hungry and lose their appetite while others become so ill that they have to be taken care of in a hospital for animals.
– It may happen that it continues on its own. If the cat is just sick, then you should first recover at home, but at least you should contact a veterinarian who can make an assessment, says Lahti.
CVA also invites people with bird massages to be careful with hand hygiene when cleaning them, rather than spraying water on the masses to avoid bacteria from salmonella in the mouth.