England recently discovered four cases of sick cats transferring tuberculosis to humans although experts say the threat of catching any disease from a cat remains low. Actually the biggest threat that humans face from cats is becoming unpaid servants for life.
“This is an exceedingly rare, odd event, and there’s no reason to be alarmed,” said Dr. Neil Schluger, chief scientific officer of the World Lung Foundation. “Bovine tuberculosis represents maybe 1 percent of all the TB in the U.S., and the most common way to get it is drinking unpasteurized milk. Person-to-person transmission of TB is the only thing people need to worry about.”