RABIES in cats
- Last Updated: Friday, 10 February 2017 13:36
What can you do to prevent rabies in cats?
Trending in southern Ontario news over the past 2 days is the discovery of a cat infected with the rabies virus in the Hamilton area. With all the modern efforts and awareness surrounding rabies prevention, the public wants to know how this is happening. Understanding your risk and learning how to prevent rabies infection is important to preventing rabies in cats, and yourselves.
Rabies is transmitted through saliva from an infected animal through a bite or exposure to existing open wounds and scratches. Transmission can also happen through contamination and exposure to brain tissue and spinal fluid from a dead animal that has died from rabies.
What can you do to protect your cat from rabies? Keeping garbage and waste locked up tight in buildings or animal proof containers removes potential food sources and discourages wildlife that can carry rabies. Eliminate opportunities for wildlife to take shelter under decks, porches and in attics.
Report any pets or wild animals that are acting strangely, keep your cats indoors and protect them with up to date rabies vaccinations. Although the City of Hamilton has increased its vaccination pellet drop in affected areas by 32,000 units, the number of infected animals continues to rise and put people and pets at risk. Solutions for the overpopulation of raccoons are still under discussion at the municipal level.
If you have raccoons, skunks or stray cats or dogs in or around your neighbourhood and want them removed immediately, contact us at 1-855-393-4295. We are the only wildlife control company licensed to humanely euthanize potential carriers of the rabies virus, preventing exposure and spread of the disease.
Rabies ,100% preventable, but is almost always fatal when left untreated.