Every year there are a few cases of cat rabies in the United States.Some cats don’t get their vaccinations and they get into contact with a wild animal that has a disease.There are certain signs of the disease that you can look for in an animal if you come in contact with it.Do not attempt to capture a cat that you think may be sick with the disease and always use extreme caution around cats.Call the police on their non-emergency line if you want to contact animal control.
Step 1: You should watch for early signs of the disease.
The early stage of the disease can last up to ten days.The cat will have non-specific symptoms during this time.A general feeling of sickness and a fear of bright lights are some of the early signs of rabies.
Step 2: If you see signs of a fight, inspect your cat.
Check to see if your cat has any bite marks or signs of a fight if you think he came in contact with a rabid animal.If you want to handle the cat, wear gloves and a long-sleeved shirt and pants. The cat can live on its skin or hair for up to two hours.The saliva of an animal that has been bitten may transmit the disease to another animal.The disease travels through the nervous system to the brain.Take your cat to the vet if you notice any of the above.
Step 3: Look for signs of the disease.
The dumb form of rabies is the most common form in cats.A cat with dumb form rabies will be confused and sick.Cats don’t attempt to bite in this form of the disease.The symptoms of dumb include paralysis of the legs, facial muscles, and lower jaw, leading to a “dumb” look.The foam around the mouth is caused by excess salivation.
Step 4: If a cat has symptoms of rabies, it’s a good idea to be cautious.
Cats with the furious form of rabies are often aggressive, have abnormal behavior, and will foam around the mouth.The paralytic form of rabies is less common in cats than the furious form.If you think a cat is suffering from a disease, call animal control.Don’t attempt to capture the cat on your own because it will attack.If you notice that the cat’s salivation looks like foam around its mouth, is afraid to go near water, or is ready to bite, you are likely to be bitten by the disease.
Step 5: If you see a cat that is sick, call animal control.
Don’t attempt to catch a cat on your own.If you see signs that a cat is sick, you should call animal control.The cat can be taken to the vet without you being at risk for a bite.If your cat is acting strangely or aggressively, you should contact animal control.
Step 6: Take your cat to the doctor.
Place your cat in a carrier and bring him to the vet if he has been bitten.The vet will ask you about the recent smell of a skunk in your yard and any exposure to bats in the area, as well as examine your cat.There is no live animal test to determine if an animal has the disease.The brain needs to be removed from the body.A small section of the brain will be examined under a microscope to see if there are Negri bodies.
Step 7: Request a vaccine for your cat.
After your cat is bitten by a bat, he will need a booster shot of the vaccine.His immune system will be helped by this.He will have to be observed for 45 days for signs of the disease.This can be done at home if your cat is confined and will not have any contact with animals or humans outside of the house.
Step 8: Be aware that it may be necessary to end one’s life.
Euthanasia is often recommended if a cat has not been vaccined against the disease and is bitten by another animal.There is a high chance that the cat will become sick from the disease.If the owner doesn’t kill the cat, it will need to be observed for six months.The owner will have to pay for the Quarantine at the veterinary clinic.The cat will be allowed to come home if he doesn’t get the disease.One month before his release, he will need to have a vaccine.
Step 9: Make sure your cat is up to date on its vaccinations.
The most cost-effective way to prevent this disease is to get your cat vaccine.It is required by law in many countries.Keep your cat’s vaccine up-to-date by setting up a regular schedule with your vet.Every two years or every three years is when some vaccines need to be administered.
Step 10: Your cat should be inside.
It is possible to keep your cat away from wild animals.It’s best to keep your cat in the house because you won’t have to worry about it.Only allow your cat to go outside if he is used to it.Don’t allow your cat to go near other animals.
Step 11: Don’t allow wild animals to come into your yard.
Animals are carriers of the disease.There is less of a chance of your cat coming into contact with a rabid animal if your yard is not appealing to wild animals.There are some things you can do to keep wild animals out of your yard, such as placing tight lids on your garbage cans and putting in a fence.