Cat Rabies, Incubation Period and Transmission in Cat, Symptom You Should Never Ignore

Rabies is a viral disease that can infect all warm blooded animals, including cats.Rabies is a disease that specifically affects a cat's central nervous system,Once the virus enters the cat's body, it replicates in the cells of the muscles and then spreads to the closest nerve fibers, including all peripheral, sensory and nerves, traveling to the CNS via fluid within the nerves.When signs of rabies occur, it is an almost invariably fatal disease.

How is the virus transmitted

Rabies transfer to cats  through a bite from a disease carrier foxes, raccoons, skunks, and bats. Infectious virus particles are retained in a rabid animal's salivary glands to better disseminate the virus through their saliva.Rabies virus is not always present in saliva of an infected animal.
Rabies virus does not survive long outside a mammal's body. Since the virus can be shed in the saliva of infected animals, the virus is usually transmitted when the saliva of an infected animal is introduced beneath the skin of a bite wound.the skunk,  dogs, raccoon, fox, and bat are important reservoirs for the virus

Incubation Period in Cat

The incubation of rabies is between one and three months, but can be as little as a day and up to a year. Once the symptoms have begun, the virus progresses rapidly.This can vary from ten days to one year or longer. Incubation in the cat is generally less than in the dog and is typically three to eight weeks. Death usually occurs within ten days from the first onset of signs.

Symptoms of Rabies in Cat

There are two forms of rabies paralytic and furious. In the paralytic form  the cat will show only mild signs of CNS abnormalities.  Paralytic rabies, also referred to as dumb rabies, is characterized by weakness and loss of coordination in the cat, followed by paralysis.This stage will last from one to three days. Most cats will then progress to either the furious stage,displaying major symptoms.
Furious rabies is characterized by extreme behavioral changes, including overt aggression and attack behavior.

This is a fast-moving virus. If it is left untreated, soon after the symptoms have begun, the treatment  become poor. Therefore, 

  • if you see your cat has been in a fight with another animal, 
  •  has been bitten or scratched by another animal,
  •  if you have any reason to suspect that your pet has come into contact with a rabid animal,

 or even if your pet has been vaccinated against the virus you must take your cat to a veterinarian for preventive care immediately.

 The following are some other symptoms to watch in your cat,

  •  Pica
  • muscle pain
  • restlessness
  • irritability
  • chills
  • fever
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Hydrophobia
  • Jaw is dropped
  • Inability to swallow
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • cough
  • Unusual shyness or aggression
  • Excessive excitability
  • changes in attitude and behavior
  • Excessive dripping salivation 
then immediately take your cat to your veterinary doctor.

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