Cats Also Need a Rabies Vaccination

While rabies has been dramatically reduced through effective vaccination and animal control programs, a recent positive diagnosis of a cat in Kansas is a reminder that this infectious viral diseases has not been eliminated.

Kansas State University veterinarian Susan Nelson says most people would be surprised to learn that in the United States, more cats are diagnosed with rabies than dogs…

Some signs of rabies in animals include both lethargic and aggressive behavior, problems eating or drinking, having seizures and tremors. Nelson says if something about an animal doesn’t seem right, avoid contact…

Anyone suspecting they’ve been bitten by an infected animal should immediately wash the wound with soap and water and contact their local healthcare provider to determine if post-exposure rabies treatments are needed.

For information regarding the rabies vaccination required for cats, dogs or ferrets in your community, contact a local veterinarian.