Cats and the rabies virus
Today in the U.S., more cats are infected with rabies than any other pet.
The most common way for your cat to be infected is by being bitten by an infected animal that has rabies virus in its saliva. The most common carriers of rabies are raccoons, bats, skunks, foxes, and coyotes. However, other wild animals are may also be infected by rabies. Rabies positive bats have been found in the Sauk Valley area.
Infected cats may show sudden behavioral changes in temperament, including aggression and signs of apprehension. Seizures and tremors or even paralysis are also common. It can take up to six months for signs of rabies to develop. Rabies is always fatal.
If you think your cat has been bitten by or exposed to a wild or potentially rabid animal, talk with your veterinarian immediately and report it to the local animal control authorities.
Unvaccinated cats that are exposed to a rabid animal may need to be euthanized or place in strict isolation for six months. These rules also apply if a pet is exposed to a bat of unknown rabies status.
To avoid this scenario get you cat vaccinated routinely. Rabies vaccines are proven to be effective. Also, the company Merial has produced a new nonadjuvanted rabies vaccine (PUREVAX Feline Rabies), which lessens inflammation and the chance of reaction at the vaccination site making vaccinating cats against rabies safer than ever.
For rabies, prevention is the ONLY medicine. Protect your kitten or cat and have them vaccinated today.