I Kissed a Cat and I Liked It… Then I Caught the Plague

….And meningitis, and a few parasites, and an extremely nasty drug-resistant staph infection. At least that’s what the professor and veterinarian team of Bruno Chomel and Ben Sun would have us believe. They recently published a study titled “Zoonoses in the Bedroom,” which proclaims that we animal lovers should not allow our furry family members to slumber in our beds nor give in to the temptation to kiss them upon their precious little lips.

Published in the February issue of the CDC journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, Chomel and Sun’s case studies were compiled from medical journal accounts of people becoming ill after sharing a bed with a pet. Apparently, more than 100 of the 250 known zoonotic diseases come from domesticated pets. Zoonotic diseases are infectious diseases that can be transmitted directly from animals to humans. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an animal could have transmitted 60 percent of all human pathogens.

I don’t know about you, but one study is not enough to make me kick Flufferkins out of my bed. Nothing is cozier than drifting to sleep with a purring cat or gently snoring dog by your side (or on your head). The benefits certainly outweigh the risks, at least according to Larry Kornegay, president of The American Veterinary Medical Association. Kornegay was recently quoted in an MSN article stating, “I’ve been in practice for 40 years and I see the bond between people and their pets and the positive effects pets can have on humans, which I believe outweighs any risk, whether you sleep with a pet or not.”

Do you think Larry Kornegay's belief is correct? Do you believe it's safe for humans to sleep with their pets? Share your opinion.

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