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Can a cat be a hepatitis c carrier? Can a human contract hepatitis

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Can a cat be a hepatitis c carrier? Can a human contract hepatitis c from a cat? If so how?

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Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.

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Hepatitis c has not been shown to be carried in cats.

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Can a human get it from a cat? Well, if they are not carriers, no.

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I suppose an argument could be made if a cat bite or scratched a person, drew blood, and transferred it to someone else, that would be possible. But, that's a bit of a stretch.

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Here is a little more info about the types of hepatitis we would be concerned about in cats:

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Hope that info helps

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Let's say the cat had hep c and you were emptying the litter box, any chance of transmission. I did read somewhere that cats can have hep c
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 4 years ago.
Can't will not have hep c.

If ONLY hypothetical, no I would not expect transmission through changing litter box.

Infected blood, in a person, is the most common means of transmission. So, again, hypothetically, we would assume the same for a cat.

I researched more and found no indication of hep c in cats.

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