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What do you recommend I do if I think my cat has rabies?

What do you recommend I do if I think my cat has rabies?

Have your cat: Checked asap by vet - but only handle cat if you can do so safely. If cat is overly aggressive and can not be handled - please call animal control. Your safety is high priority. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rabies (Definition)

An infectious disease caused by a virus. The most common carrier in the United States is infected bats. Symptoms of rabies include an initial flu-like illness followed by increasing paralysis, agitation, and confusion. The classic drooling symptom is due to an inability ...Read more


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My cat was scratched by a raccoon. Is their a risk of the cat getting rabies. The raccoons are regulars around our deck and seem healthy.?

Go to the vet: Take your cat to the vet there no wild healthy racoon it does not mean your cat has rabies but you do not want to wait until your cat become symptomatic and start hurting people in the house for safety and a peace of mind take the cat to the vet ...Read more

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My cat just lick my Juice and I accidentally drink it. Cat isnot rabies vaccinated. Btw he kinda looks normal no erraticbehaviour. VaccinatedbeforePOSTep?

Rabies: If the cat is available it might help to quarantine it and observe it. If not, the risk is minimal at best, particularly since you have previously been immunized. You do not say how long ago that has been, but you can check at Makati Med Ctr if you are in Manila, or at PGH ...Read more

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If one is bitten or scratched by a cat and takes rabies shots after one month, will it be as effective as it would have been if taken within 7 days?

Rabies shots protect: The good news is you will be protected since you did not YET have symptoms of rabies. Of course getting seen and treated is usually better, but since you did not develop rabies, there was still time... rabies has a VARIABLE incubation time- which is some cases is quite long (months). You don't want to be an unlucky case that could be a week or 2. I believe you 'made it though' and you will be fine ...Read more

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Cat has / had rabies, vet hasn't confirmed bc samples go to south africa, what course of action?

Cat has / had rabies, vet hasn't confirmed bc samples go to south africa, what course of action?

May need rabies shot: After an animal bite, the area should be washed well to get the animal germs out. If the wound is large, deep, or painful, the staff at the emergency room can wash it out. Prescription antibiotics may be needed, as well as a tetanus booster. If bitten by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat, or any salivating/drooling strangely acting pet/animal, rabies is a possibility (see dr. Within a day or so). ...Read more

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My hands were swollen and could not be moved one day after being bitten and clawed by cat. Is it rabies? How to help first?

Infection: The bites of a cat can inject multiple organisms like pasturella, strep, staph & others which can set up an infection rather quickly. Rabies could be passed at the same time but domestic cats are rare vectors (you can call the local health department to see if any rabies is in the area)cat scratch takes days to weeks to become symptomatic. See the doc soon. Delay can lead to surgical clean out. ...Read more

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Cat overdue for rabies vaccine. Outdoor cat, scratches puppy sometimes. If puppy bites me when playing, should I be concerned? Vaccinate cat and self?

See below: So rabies is transmitted through saliva, not a scratch. However, it would be very wise of you to get both the cat and puppy (when old enough according to the vet) vaccinated for rabies and maintain that vaccine as recommended (rabies is devastating to them too). The puppy nipping at you is not likely to give you rabies. You don't need to be vaccinated unless you're bit by an unknown animal. ...Read more

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My friends cat scratched me. Is rabies likely? Should I see a doctor?

CAT SCRATCH: Rabies, probably not. Cat scratch infection from Bartonella, but that probably won 't happen either. ...Read more

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I got scratched by a car it's been like a month and so and its a stray cat do you think I got rabies or cat scratch fever?

I got scratched by a car it's been like a month and so and its a stray cat do you think I got rabies or cat scratch fever?

Locate the cat: Cats, dogs and ferrets are the 3 animals that we know we can monitor them for 10 days - and if they are 'fine' after a bite or a scratch, then you won't get rabies. The problem is, cats CAN be instrumental in propagating disease - so I would take this seriously. About 1 in 1000 rabies cases is from a scratch, so the odds are low - but I would still see a doc about this for more info. ...Read more

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First aid for cat bite (suspected with rabies), amoxicillin and washing of soap on the area, 3rd day now, can it b possible stil for rabies? Pls reply

First aid for cat bite (suspected with rabies), amoxicillin and washing of soap on the area, 3rd day now, can it b possible stil for rabies? Pls reply

Rabies: If there is any suspicion that you have been bitten by an infected animal go and get the vaccine asap. The new vaccine is far safer than the old and more effective. This disease, once acquired, is nearly 100% fatal. Do not fool around with this. Some people will tell you to wait and see if animal has rabies. Alternative is to sacrifice animal and test. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my 5-yr old son got rabies with cat scratch oh his hand?

Cat scratches: Cat and other animal scratches are capable of transmitting rabies in very rare circumstances. It is wise to observe the animal for 10 days after the scratching or biting incident. Fortunately rabies is quite rare in the US, so it depends on where this occurred and how. Definitely you should talk more with a doctor about this. Luckily with rabies there is time for action - so please see an MD. ...Read more

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5 days ago I was scratch by a cat, put some alcohol on it feel nothing See no wound, do I get rabies/a Cat scratch disease? I feel ill, headache, sorethrot

5 days ago I was scratch by a cat, put some alcohol on it feel nothing See no wound, do I get rabies/a Cat scratch disease? I feel ill, headache, sorethrot

Cat diseases: If this was a feral or 'wild' cat, you definitely need an evaluation for rabies. In the Philippines, most rabies cases are caused by dogs, but cats can also be responsible. Usually biting is the best means of transmission, but 1 in 1000 rabies cases are from a scratch. Good you cleaned out the wound, but I recommend getting follow up care with an MD. DOH has a list of Animal Bite Treatment centers ...Read more

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Can my child get rabies from my pet cat?

Can my child get rabies from my pet cat?

Yes, if cat is rabid: Rabies in the U.S. Is carried by raccoons, skunks, foxes, coyotes, and bats. These wild animals can transmit rabies to cats, dogs, and livestock. Any mammal can become infected with rabies. The virus is in the saliva of the infected animal. ...Read more

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How high is the risk of rabies in cats?

Good question: The risk is the same as for dogs. Any bite by a cat should be seen by a physician as soon as possible to rule out other illnesses common to cats besides rabies. ...Read more

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Can you gey rabies if a cat scratches you?

Possible but unlikel: If it was a domesticated cat with vaccines, if wild, ask local healthdept. ...Read more

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How common is rabies found in cats than dog?

How common is rabies found in cats than dog?

Rabies: Rabies are more common in cats than dogs, especially feral cats ...Read more

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What are some signs of behavior of cats with rabies?

Rabies in cats: Cats infected with the rabies virus can go through three stages. In the first stage, the cat may have fever, drool and itch the site of the bite. The second phase which occurs on the second or third day is the furious stage where the cat's behavior becomes erratic. The third phase is the paralytic stage where the cat becomes paralyzed and dies ...Read more

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My pet cat gave me a scratch does it cause rabies? Is it a carrier

My pet cat gave me a scratch does it cause rabies? Is it a carrier

Rabies in cats: Hi. Almost any mammal can be infected with, and transmit, rabies. Rabies is transmitted in saliva. However, cats lick their paws, so it may be possible to get rabies from the scratch of an infected cat. Is the cat behaving differently? Salivating a lot? Avoiding water? I suggest you take your cat to a vet if the answer to those questions is yes. And get the cat rabies vaccinated if it's not rabid. ...Read more

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Is it likely to have rabies if I was bitten over 3 years ago by a cat?

No: You would be dead if you contracted rabies from an animal 3 years ago. Untreated rabies kills you within days to weeks, not years. Thee are only 2 cases ever documented in entire world where anyone survived rabies past when they started having symptoms. That's why if you think you may have been exposed, it is essential to start treatment right away, or you die. Also, cats don't often carry rabies. ...Read more

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Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared. Npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?

Scratched by a cat 1months ago, cat was fine for 1month then she disappeared. Npin pointlike cut mark / scratch found, can rabies transmit 2 me?

Rabies: Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/rabies/index. Html ...Read more

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My cat was fighting with an unidentified animal under my deck. 10 min later I picked her up and she scratched me. Do I have to worry about rabies?

Rabies: Hopefully your cat was vaccinated. If not, and you do not know what the animal they were fighting was, have the cat observed and checked by a veterinarian. Scratching is a very improbable means by which to transmit rabies, but since this is an almost invariably fatal illness, would take this very seriously. ...Read more

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Read online, rabies can be incubated for years before dying. 5 mon. From now marks 4 years since I got bit by a stray cat. I'm worried. True or not?

Read online, rabies can be incubated for years before dying. 5 mon. From now marks 4 years since I got bit by a stray cat. I'm worried. True or not?

True: The incubation period in humans averages 4 to 6 weeks but ranges from 5 days to more than a year. Incubation periods of up to 6 years have been confirmed. It would be prudent to check with local health dept. ...Read more

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Can I get rabies from clealing a bowl a stary cat salvated in. I feed this stray cat every day and it started hissing at me, it might have rabies.?

Can I get rabies from clealing a bowl a stary cat salvated in. I feed this stray cat every day and it started hissing at me, it might have rabies.?

See below: The virus transmission is mainly through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal and organ transplantation with saliva of infected animal ...Read more

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Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Scratched by a cat 16 days ago, cat was fine for 4 days then she disappeared. I had 3 rabies shots 13 years ago and one rabies shot around 22 months ago. How many shots should I get now? (pakistan)

Ask your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Tiny cat scratch, can I have rabies?

Probably not...: While rabies is certainly transmissible from cats to humans, it generally requires an ill cat bite not scratch. The infected saliva of an infected animal transmits the rabies virus through injured skin, thereby inoculatin the victim. Incubation of rabies in a human after exposure is 1-3 months typically. I would be much more concerned about the possibility of cat scratch disease. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies from a cat scratch?

No: Even if the cat has rabies, and I have not heard of that as a source in the usa, the claws would not be infected and while other conditions like 'cat scratch fever' can arise from a scratch, rabies is not on the table. ...Read more

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Rabies injection needed after a cat bite?

Depends on situation: In the us, domesticated animals are considered low risk for transmitting rabies & owners vaccinate their pets to avoid the disease. Wild cats with outside exposure might pose a risk. Local health authorities keep track of rabies activity within the region & the animals involved. I suggest you contact your local health authority for guidance in this matter. ...Read more

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Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

Can u get rabies from a slight cat scratch?

No: Rabies in america is mostly from wild animals like the bat, raccoon, fox etc. And some domestic dogs that are not vaccinated. I am not aware of rabies from cat scratch. However, if you are scratched by a kitty, beware of cat scratch disease then. Hope that you are healthy. ...Read more

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Can you get rabies through a cat graze (uk)?

Can you get rabies through a cat graze (uk)?

See cdc. Com: Theoretically possible, but it has never been documented. Usually transmitted through the bite and saliva of an infected host. Read the cdc. Com site on rabies for more information. I have more concerns about cat-scratch fever. (read about online or seek physician appointment in the next few days). ...Read more

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Can rabies be transmitted from a small cat bite?

Perhaps: Of all animals, rabid cats are probably the most aggressive so they are not likely to just bite you, but maul you. Rabies can be transmit from expose to a rabid cat. ...Read more

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Could you get rabies/other diseases from a cat bite?

Could you get rabies/other diseases from a cat bite?

Cat bites -dangerous: Cat bites can actually be 'worse' than dog bites - with almost 80% becoming infected. That's because the needle like teeth of cats can puncture deeply, then the wound 'closes' and the conditions for an infection are set up. People should immunize their cats against rabies, because certainly they can bring that disease home -imagine if they bring in a dead bat! Make sure to take care of your cat. ...Read more

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Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Can you catch rabies from a small cat scratch wound?

Rabies transmission: Per the Centers for Disease Control: The most common mode of rabies virus transmission is through the bite and virus-containing saliva of an infected host. Though transmission has been rarely documented via other routes such as contamination of mucous membranes (i.e., eyes, nose, mouth), aerosol transmission, and corneal transplants. ...Read more

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Can rabies occur from slight cat scrape that didn't bleed and leave any mark?

Yes: Any break in the skin can be a source of entry for rabies. A slight scape not drawing blood would be less of a concern. Clean the wound throughly.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/rabies/exposure/type. Html ...Read more

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My cat bit me, could I get infected by a rabies if my cat didn't have shots?

My cat bit me, could I get infected by a rabies if my cat didn't have shots?

Depends: Did you provoke the cat? If so, and the area of your town/city has no known rabid animals over the past year, then it's unlikely. However, get the cat to the vet for his vaccine; the cat may need to be quarantined for a few days, to ensure it doesn't have rabies- though inconvenient, it is more humane than cat euthanasia followed by brain biopsies to check for rabies. ...Read more