Can "mumps" be transmitted from a human to a cat?

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ophelious | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Good question...I hope you aren't asking because your own pet is ill!

Anyhow, the answer to your question is: No, cats (and dogs) do not catch "the Mumps."  Mumps is a virus that only affects humans.  Like most diseases that affect people, cats and dogs cannot catch them.  If you have an animal showing mump-like symptoms, you really should take it to the vet because it has got to be a sign of some other illness.  It could be an abscess, an infected bug bite, or a tumor.  At any rate, it should be diagnosed by someone qualified.

On sort of a sick and horrible note, there have been some experiments in laboratories with cats and mumps viruses.  I have posted a link if you want to read anything about that.