‘Man develops Bubonic Plague from stray cat bite‘ announces the headline in Daily Mail.
Which is a shame, because it is impossible to develop Bubonic Plague from a cat bite.
Bubonic Plague is carried by rats and can be spread by the bite of infected fleas which have been feeding on the rats.
In the middle ages humans were frequently infested with fleas. These fleas would sometime move to rats and back spreading the disease.
Bubonic Plague has been very rare in developed world but it still exists.
To protect yourself – make sure your pets are using good flea preventative products and control rats in your area.
Don’t get rid of your cat.