Infectious Bartonella in cat

Common info

Bartonella in cat is a bacterial infection from a bacterium called Bartonella henselae, which Bartonella infection call Cat Scratch Disease (CSD) or cat scratch fever, can spread to humans, causing lethargy, loss of appetite.


Bartonella in cat was a Bartonella removal from a dog in a lab in 1993.


Cat scratch disease or Bartonella infection occurs from touching flea feces. Bartonella bacteria will leave the flea through the flea feces on the cat when cats clean themselves or consuming flea feces. It can cause Bartonella infection.


  • Fever
  • Swollen glands
  • lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reproductive difficulty

When the cat infected with Bartonella (cat scratch disease), most cats will not show signs of illness, but if they do, there may be common symptoms such as fever, swollen glands, weakness, lethargy, loss of appetite and reproductive difficulty.

Treatment and Prevention

Antibiotics can treat cat scratch disease or Bartonella infection. The best prevention of cat scratch disease is to be careful of tick, flea, or eliminate ticks and insects from the cat often.

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