The reason why you should vaccinate your cat against rabies without hesitation
Domestic cats can also be infected with rabies and that is why we must always follow the vaccination guidelines so that both the felines and ourselves are protected. Domestic cats sometimes have access to landscaped areas or can even move freely in the street.
It can also happen that at some point they escape from home (even in an apartment) and can go out in the street. That is why they should always be vaccinated.
How is rabies spread?
Rabies is one of the most famous diseases because of its shocking effects and lethality. It is due to a virus that is transmitted by saliva, so it can be easily transmitted by a bite or because the saliva comes into contact with a wound.
Rabies affects the nervous system which begins to alter until it generates fever, excessive salivation, hallucinations, paralysis and other symptoms.
How can you tell if a cat has rabies?
Rabies makes no distinction between warm-blooded living beings and that is why it affects us all equally. It can be carried even by small rodents and bats, but also by all kinds of animals such as dogs, foxes, raccoons, etc.
Therefore, cats can also be infected, although cats living in the street are at much higher risk of infection because they are exposed to many other animals.
When a living being begins to incubate the virus, it will not show symptoms that could alert us that it has it. However, after a few days it will start to develop the first symptoms which are usually change of behavior (or demeanor), nervousness and anxiety. It is not surprising that this leads him to be more irascible or even aggressive, fleeing from physical contact in general.
As for the physical appearance, the first thing we can see is a general wear and tear so the hair will begin to look bad. In addition, we can see how this physical wear and tear is due to a lack of food (as he will lose his appetite) and he will also develop a fever or you can see him drinking more water than usual.
What other symptoms will the rabid feline show?
When the situation begins to evolve, we can see how the animal goes from being in a stage of nervousness to a stage of very marked aggressiveness. We can also see self-injury and finally, we can see how it has paralysis and respiratory difficulty.
Unfortunately, rabies is a lethal disease that causes death (in all cases) once the symptoms have appeared.
How do cats usually get rabies?
Felines usually get rabies through fights with stray cats or wild cats that have the virus. However, if domestic cats are also likely to get rabies, it is because they can catch it from rodents or bats that are infected.
What is the way to save a cat from death by rabies?
Currently, the only way for a cat to survive rabies is by vaccination. That is why so much emphasis is placed on vaccination, even if it is a domestic cat, because in case of infection, death is imminent. In addition, a cat infected with rabies could infect humans as well.
Currently, rabies vaccination in Spain is mandatory in Andalusia for dogs, cats and ferrets. However, in Madrid it is simply recommended. Veterinarians always advise you to get it because you avoid many possible problems and you can be more relaxed.