An Ohio woman says she lost sight in one eye after being licked by her cat.
“I woke up one day and I couldn't see out of my left eye,” Janese Walters said. “I looked in the mirror and I thought I had pink eye or something.” (Source: ToledoNewsNow.com)
It took more than a month for doctors to figure out she had cat scratch disease, which is caused by a bacteria passed from cats to humans through the animal’s saliva or fur.
Apparently, Walters caught the disease when her cat licked her, and she said she feels lucky it did not spread to the other eye.
According to the Cat Scratch Disease Fact Sheet, symptoms usually appear within 3 to 14 days after being bitten or scratched by an affected cat and people with compromised immune systems are most vulnerable.