Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
Print version ISSN 0037-8682
SERRA, Cathia Maria Barrientos; UCHOA, Claudia Maria Antunes and COIMBRA, Rafaela Alonso. Parasitological study with faecal samples of stray and domiciliated cats (Felis catus domesticus) from the Metropolitan Area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2003, vol.36, n.3, pp. 331-334. ISSN 0037-8682. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0037-86822003000300003.
In a survey of 131 faecal samples from Rio de Janeiro domiciliated and stray cats, 63,4% were positive with a higher prevalence among stray animals. Ancylostoma sp (43.5%), Toxocara sp (19.1%), Cystoisospora sp (43.5%), Uncinaria sp (1.5%), Toxocaris leonine (7.6%), Giardia sp (6.1%) and Sarcocystis sp (0.8%) were found. This high prevalence suggests the need for improved control measures against cats to protect animal and human health.
Keywords : Cats; Intestinal parasitism; Helminth; Protozoan; Zoonosis.