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Keep your cat in the open during the winter so you will not get infected with salmonella, advising SVA the owner of the cats in the country. Stock photos.
Do not release the cat before the spring is the door – The Council gives the State Bureau of Veterinary Medicine (SVA) because it seems that last year the outbreak of salmonella among cats lasted during the winter of 2019.
SVA confirmed 165 cases of salmonella in cats during the first month of the year. The number is unusually high compared to January 2008-2018, where cases can usually be counted on one hand, which means that the last year's peak of 395 confirmed cases in January was not a single exception.
– That's less than last year at this time of year, but more than we usually saw. We believe there is a connection between the number of cases and the small bird population, that this year there were many gray fish, "says Elina Lahti, an epidemiologist from SVA.
January-March is the worst
More small birds mean that they are easier to meet, for example in bird feeders and bird tables, which increases the risk of bird breeding between them. The salmonella bacteria then spread to the open cats that catch the infected birds. The Council therefore keeps cats indoors during January to March.
"If possible, the cat should be kept indoors during the worst time of the first three months of the year, even if it is not always easy for the cat to get used to it," says Lahti.
Wash your hands
Cat infected with Salmonella does not always show clear symptoms. Some cats become hungry and lose appetite, while others become so sick that they need to be kept in an animal hospital.
– It may happen that it is happening. If the cat is only mildly ill, then first of all it needs to be recovered at home, but at least you need to contact a veterinarian who can make an estimate, Lahti says.
SVA also encourages people with bird benches to take care of the hygiene of their hands while cleaning, rather than splashing water at the tables so as not to get salmonella in their mouth.