Can Indoor Cats Get Rabies?

Do house cats get rabies?

While indoor cats aren’t exposed to as many infectious diseases, such as panleukopenia or Feline Leukemia (FeLV), your cat can still potentially be exposed to rabies.

Rarely, we hear of rabid bats or wildlife getting into the attic or house, exposing both humans and our four-legged family members..

Do indoor cats need a rabies shot?

All dogs, cats and ferrets above the age of three months are required by the Rabies Immunization Regulation under the Health Protection and Promotion Act to be vaccinated for rabies. Rabies is fatal in animals and if not treated immediately, it is also fatal in humans as well.

What are the first signs of rabies in a cat?

Symptoms can be varied and can take months to develop. Classic signs of rabies in cats are changes in behavior (including aggression, restlessness and lethargy), increased vocalization, loss of appetite, weakness, disorientation, paralysis, seizures and even sudden death.

How common is rabies in cats?

Rabies in cats is extremely rare. According to the CDC, domestic animals, including pets, accounted for only 7.6 percent of reported rabies cases in the U.S. in 2015, the last year for which statistics were available. There has not been a single confirmed case of cat-to-human rabies in the U.S. in the past 40 years.

Do cats with rabies drink water?

What are symptoms of rabies in animals? The animal may have a change in personality or behavior. For example, wild animals may lose their fear of humans or pets may become aggressive or withdraw. Often the animal does not eat, may fear water, and have an unsteady gait.

Can you get rabies from a vaccinated cat?

Rabies vaccines are safe and there is no risk of the vaccine causing rabies. The formation of lumps or cancers (sarcomas) has been associated with some types of killed vaccines in the past, but these cases are extremely rare.

What happens if you don’t get your cat vaccinated?

1) Unvaccinated, at-risk cats can transmit a deadly disease to humans. 2) If your cat is not vaccinated for rabies (i.e., legally current) and they come in direct contact with a wild animal that is not available for rabies testing, quarantine for up to 6 months may be required.

What happens if a cat with rabies bites you?

How is it treated? Lots and lots of shots. If you know the animal who bit you has rabies, you will receive a rabies immune globulin shot as soon as you get to the doctor. The shot will be given as close to the wound as possible to help prevent the rabies virus from infecting you.

How long does a cat with rabies live?

There is no cure for rabies, and it is almost always fatal. Once clinical signs occur, an infected animal usually dies within five days.

How long does it take to see signs of rabies in a cat?

After exposure to rabies, a cat will not immediately show signs. In fact, the time it takes for symptoms to present usually varies from three to eight weeks; however, it can be as short as 10 days and as long as a year.

Can you get rabies from a scratch?

People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but rare, for people to get rabies from non-bite exposures, which can include scratches, abrasions, or open wounds that are exposed to saliva or other potentially infectious material from a rabid animal.

Do all stray cats have rabies?

Cats do not have their own strain of rabies, and Levy says that cats are merely incidental victims that develop rabies from wildlife. Feral cat colonies rarely harbor rabies, and TNR protects them from contracting the disease.