Cats are clean animals, but they can get infected with diseases through fleas and eating infected prey. So no matter how clean your cat may be, it can still transmit diseases to you. That’s what happened to a man in Missouri whose three extremely swollen lymph nodes on the right side of his face and neck was traced back to his pet cat.
Tularemia is a disease transmitted from animals to humans through skin contact with infected animals. Apparently this man’s cat became infected through consumption of infected prey and transmitted the bacteria to the man.
Fortunately the man was treated with doxycycline for four weeks and the symptoms went away. Still that shows the danger of being too close to your cat, especially when your cat might pick up a disease somewhere.