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Do I Need to Vaccinate My Indoor Cat for Rabies?
The short answer to this question is yes! It is required by law that every cat be current on its rabies vaccine.
A recent exam appointment may prove the point even further. At the end of August, we saw a cat that was injured. He was 8 years old and had always been an indoor cat. However, several days before the exam, he had slipped out the door and was gone overnight. When he returned, he had two bite wounds which had become infected over the next several days. His injuries were not life threatening and he quickly responded to our therapy. However, because he was not current on his rabies vaccine, he will now have to be quarantined in the home for 6 months and cannot be vaccinated for 5 months. If this cat bites or scratches anyone during this time of quarantine, he will need to be transferred to a veterinary hospital or an animal control facility for the following 10 days. And if this cat were to die during the time of quarantine, brain tissue would need to be tested to ensure that the animal is rabies free. The cost of any boarding or testing would be charged to the owner.
At the Veterinary Medical Associates, we know that our clients want what is best for their pets. None of our clients knowingly put their pets in harms way. We share this story to enlighten you to the potential dangers (and headaches) of not keeping an indoor cat current on its rabies vaccine.
We are blessed to live in a country where human rabies infection is uncommon when compared to many countries in the world. It is important to remember that one reason the human infection is low is because responsible pet owners keep their pets vaccinated for rabies. By protecting our pets, we in turn protect our adults and children by lowering the virus levels in the environment.
Is your pet current on its rabies vaccine?
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