i can't believe i'm even making this post.
so today SHOULD be a happy day since i finally got to adopt a cat, and she's absolutely precious and we get along great. the only issue is that once i got her home, she started sneezing, which could be a sign of an upper respiratory infection. great. and for the past few hours she's been intermittently scratching and licking herself along her face and neck and i'm worried she has fleas.
even better, i'm worried that if she has fleas, these fleas are carrying diseases, that they're going to bite me (if they haven't already, i'm feeling itchy as i type this), and that i'm going to come down with the goddamn black plague and die. i kid you not.
i'm trying to be sardonic about this to keep from losing my mind but the anxiety is extremely real right now. when looking up what to do about a sneezy cat, i came across an article (on animalplanet no less) that mentioned some kid in arizona sharing a bed with his "sick" cat (that's how vaguely they worded it) and he came down with the black death and died. that's literally how they put it. it was the most irresponsibly worded article i've ever read but boy has it made me anxious anyway.
other than her sneezing and scratching, she's acting okay, but i'm worried it'll progress and she'll get super sick and i'll also get super sick and it'll just be one great big fun death fest all around. she's been in my bed too so now i'm afraid to sleep. great great great.
talk me down, please...