U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 31-year-old female asked:

We have stray kittens outside found them eating a squirrel if the squirrel had rabies can the kittens pass it to us by petting them?

1 doctor answer6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Fried
Nutrition 37 years experience
No: Small mammals such as squirrels, rats, mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, gerbils, chipmunks, rabbits, and hares are almost never found to be infected with rabies and have not been known to cause rabies among humans in the United States according to the cdc. Please check to see your kitten was vaccinated against rabies, and keep your vaccinations current.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Jun 5, 2014


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.