Ensure Your Cat is Vaccinated for World Rabies Day!
September 27, 2012
Ensure Your Cat Is Vaccinated Against Rabies for World Rabies Day
Friday is World Rabies Day and to mark the occasion CATalyst is encouraging all cat owners to take their cats to the veterinarian to ensure they are up to date on their rabies vaccines.
“Rabies is almost always 100 percent fatal. This summer I found a disoriented bat on my front steps and was shocked when it tested positive for rabies. One month later, a rabid bat was found inside a neighbor's house! So even if your cat is indoors-only, even if you live in the city and even if you think your home is secure from outside critters, your cat needs to be vaccinated against this deadly disease,” said Dr. Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. “This is not just an animal issue; it’s a public health issue that you can help control.” Rabies is transmitted through the saliva of an infected animal. If you suspect your cat has been bitten or scratched by another animal, be sure to take it to the veterinarian immediately and wash your hands thoroughly after examining the wound.
It is recommended that cats receive a routine check-up twice a year, and doing so ensures your cat is up to date on its rabies vaccination as well as other vital immunizations. Many veterinary practices across the country are working to become “cat-friendly,” which makes the trip to the clinic much less stressful for both you and your cat. To find a cat-friendly practice in your area, visit the American Association of Feline Practitioners website at www.catvets.com.