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About a week ago we adopted a shelter cat who started sneezing a lot yesterday. Can cats transmit respiratory infections to pigeons? We don't want Phoebe pigeon harmed! Thanks!
 

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A cats saliva contains bacteria that is lethal to pigeons.
Even a pigeon getting any on its feathers & then preening introduces the saliva to the birds system.
So - in general, a cat near a pigeon is dangerous, but a sneezing cat even more so.
Even when the cat is better, do not let the bird near the cats dishes & vice versa.
 

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Phoebe never is allowed into the same room as the cat but we are concerned about whether pigeons can catch cat viruses or bacteria from the sneezing cat. ?? Thanks
Well, general logic says yes, whether in same room or not.
When a human has a cold or sneezes they use a hanky to help prevent others from catching it.
When a cat sneezes it obviously cant do this so minute saliva droplets are airborne and can land on you and your clothes or anyone in the room.
Then you or someone handles the bird and so the transfer takes place.
One should normally be cautious and wash hands etc after handling a cat before handling a bird at any time, but the sneezing means the saliva is more prominant on other areas and easily transferrable.

There was an advert on UK tv a few years ago about healthcare during the "swine flu" scare & it showed a slow motion hi definition video of someone sneezing.
It then highlited the landing points and transfers.
You would be amazed how far and where the saliva actually travelled.
 
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