Know the vax for rabies

By Connie Orcutt • Published: March 1st, 2013
Category: Animal Airwaves

If your coddled kitty is indoors only, you’re right in thinking she’s likely to have fewer medical problems. But if you think vaccinations are not important, you couldn’t be more wrong!

Rabies vaccinations are especially important for cats. In 2009, reports of rabid cats outnumbered those of rabid dogs by three to one. Even indoor cats can be exposed to rabies if rabid animals, such as bats, get into the house. And some kitties escape outdoors where the risk of rabies exposure is much higher.

If your cat is overdue on rabies vaccination and bites a person, a 10-day quarantine is required. But if your unvaccinated cat comes in contact with a rabid animal, a six-month quarantine or much worse, euthanasia, will be ordered.

So do your part to keep your couch kitty safe by ensuring her vaccinations are current.