No cat-to-cat transmission of rabies has been identified and there is no known feline strain of the rabies virus.
Whether the bite is from a family pet or an animal in the wild, scratches and bites can transmit disease. Cat scratches, even from a kitten, can transmit “cat scratch disease,” a bacterial infection. Other animals can transmit rabies and tetanus. Bites that break the skin are even more likely to become infected.
Vaccination schedule for kittens and cats
At 12 weeks of age, your kitten will receive an FVRCP booster dose and the FELV or feline leukemia virus vaccine. At 16 weeks your cat should be vaccinated, including an FVRCP booster, a FELV booster and rabies.
While indoor cats are not as exposed to infectious diseases such as panleukopenia or feline leukemia (FeLV), your cat may still be exposed to rabies. Rarely do we hear of rabid bats or wild animals invading the attic or home, exposing both humans and our four-legged family members.
The chances of your kitten having rabies are small.. Animals don’t live very long once signs of rabies appear, some examples are: wanting to eat anything and everything. fever.
The length of time between infection and the appearance of rabies symptoms is called the incubation period. This ranges from 2 to 24 weeks, with an average of 4 to 6 weeks. How long it lasts depends on how much virus was injected through the bite, how close the bite is to the brain, and whether the cat has been vaccinated.
Rabies in cats is extremely rare. Pets, including pets, accounted for just 7.6% of reported rabies cases in the US in 2015, the most recent year for which statistics were available, according to the CDC. In the past 40 years, there has not been a single confirmed case of rabies transmitted from cat to human in the United States.
Once signs of rabies appear in a cat, death usually occurs within 10 days.
If a dog, cat, bat, or other mammal you suspect has rabies has bitten you, see a doctor. The first dose of vaccine should be administered within the first 24 hours after exposure.
Call your GP if you notice any of the following problems: A cat scratch or bite that won’t heal. A red area around a cat scratch or bite that gets progressively larger for more than 2 days after the injury. Fever lasting several days after a scratch or bite from a cat.
People usually get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but rare, for humans to contract rabies from non-bite contact, which can include scratches, abrasions, or open sores exposed to saliva or other potentially infectious material from a rabid animal.
If you’ve been bitten by a cat, dog or ferret that appeared healthy at the time of the bite, it can be locked away and observed by its owner for 10 days. Rabies prophylaxis is not required. No one in the United States has ever contracted rabies from a dog, cat, or ferret that has been quarantined for 10 days.
Although cats make great companions, cat owners should be aware that cats can sometimes transmit harmful germs that can cause a variety of illnesses in humans, ranging from mild skin infections to serious illnesses .