Rabies is a viral disease that affects both domestic and wild animal. It is normally spread to people through bites or scratches of an infected animal, usually via saliva.
For your own protection and for the safety of your family, it is critical to keep your cat safe from rabies. Other pets you have in your household that come in contact with your cat will also be in risk. The most common carriers of rabies are bats, although dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, contributing up to 99% of all rabies transmissions to humans.
To keep your cat safe:
• Keep rabies vaccinations up-to-date for all cats (and dogs and ferrets), especially if they could possibly encounter wildlife.
• Spay or neuter your cat to reduce his impulse to wander.
• Do not allow your cat to roam without supervision.
• Stay away from stray animals or unsupervised pets in your neighborhood.
• Train and socialize your cat to reduce the risk of his biting a person or another cat.
• House your cat indoors. Indoor cats are very rarely exposed to rabies. Outdoor cats have risk of being exposed without their owner’s knowledge.
Rabies is a vaccine-preventable viral disease which occurs in more than 150 countries and territories. Infection causes tens of thousands of deaths every year, mostly in Asia and Africa. 40% of people bitten by suspect rabid animals are children under 15 years of age. The incubation period for rabies is typically 1–3 months but may vary from 1 week to 1 year, dependent upon factors such as the location of virus entry and viral load.
If bitten by an wild animal or strays, clean the wound immediately and thoroughly with soap and water. Contact your physician and/or doctor immediately for further advice.