Cat-scratch disease from pets, sometimes known as cat scratch fever or bartonellosis, is an infection that may be acquired after being scratched, bitten, or licked by a cat. This disease is caused by germs in cat saliva and may harm people, cats, dogs, and other animals. The bacterium is transmitted by cat fleas and potentially other biting insects or ticks. The flea consumes blood containing Bartonella from an infected cat, and when the bacterium multiplies, it is excreted in the flea’s feces. These feces may infect people via scratches and other skin abrasions, as well as the eye.
In healthy persons, the sickness is not severe. Nevertheless, younger children and people with weak immune systems may have complications. These include cancer patients, diabetics, and those with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).