Breitschwerdt has seen all sorts of animals and mites, TICKS, fleas and even spiders test positive for Bartonella.
“Animals are the primary reservoir for the Bartonella species,” he said. https://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2013/12/05/bartonella-is-everywhere-so-why-dont-we-know-more-about-it/
While losing your father is a heavy blow, all of us out here in Lyme-land are indebted to a suffering man and his son who is leaving no stone unturned to discover all there is to know about an under appreciated pathogen causing all sorts of animal and human illness.
More on Bartonella: https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/01/03/bartonella-treatment/
You can be perfectly healthy and have no cat contact and still get infected with Bartonella:
https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2019/03/02/skin-inflammation-nodules-letting-the-cat-out-of-the-bag/ Read comment after article.