How Cat Toxoplasmosis is Contracted

Cat toxoplasmosis is a contagious infection that may be transmitted to other pets or humans. The infection is caused by toxoplasma gondii, which is a parasite; kittens, senior cats and cats with a weak immune system are more susceptible to the infection.

Transmission of Cat Toxoplasmosis

The infection is transmitted through the ingestion of infected tissue cysts. Toxoplasmosis can be contracted from various sources:

  • exposure to contaminated water or soil
  • cat feces that are infected with toxoplasma gondii
  • raw or undercooked meat
  • milk that is not pasteurized
  • infected blood
  • from mother to kitten

The symptoms may not always occur in cats with a strong immune system.

Symptoms of Cat Toxoplasmosis

Common symptoms include:

  • lack of appetite
  • jaundice
  • inflammation in the eyes
  • tiredness
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea

In severe cases, there will be seizures, balance problems or trouble breathing. You may also notice a discharge from the cat's eyes.

Toxoplasmosis is not a fatal disease, but may lead to complications such as eye problems, neurological disorders or muscular issues.