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By: Danielle DuFriend
Cat-scratch disease also known as CSD is
caused by a bacteria called Bartonella
henselae. This bacteria is carried by about
40% of cats in their saliva at some point in
their life time, but do not show any signs of
it while they have this bacteria. Some may
not feel anything once getting this bacteria
and some may experience sores rising in
their skin that become sore.
An infectious disease
that may follow the
scratch or bite of a
cat going through the
vascular layer of skin,
producing localized
inflammation of
lymph nodes and a
low-grade fever. Also
called benign
cat scratch fever.
Symptoms/ signs of CSD may include:
 Fever
 Chills
 Nausea
 Vomiting
 Fatigue
 Inflammation and soreness of the lymph
 Blisters or bumps
This bacteria is spread by either a scratch or
bite that contains a cats saliva that comes in
contact with an open wound. The cat will not
show any symptoms of sickness, it would not
even know it had this bacteria. Also remember
that not EVERY cat has this.
Cat-scratch disease is self-limited, meaning
that there is no specific treatment for it.
The only worst thing that can happen with CSD
is the blister or bump swelling up and
becoming painful.
 You
will never know if a cat has this bacteria
in their saliva so you have to always be
 Sometimes after an incident the blisters or
bumps wont show up until 7 days to two
months later
 Kittens are most likely to have the bacteria
more then adult cats