BONSERNEWS.com – Rabies is a disease caused by a virus and usually attacks dogs, so they are often called rabid dogs.
But you need to know that rabies in cats can also occur. Cats usually get rabies due to being bitten by infected wild animals, such as skunks, raccoons, dogs, bats, and foxes.
But there could be other causes that infect your beloved cat and you don’t know.
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The rabies virus generally attacks the brain or central nervous system which is fatal to your cat.
So, before that happens, you have to know what are the symptoms, causes, and how to properly treat a cat with rabies.
Because treating rabies in cats is not easy, you need to take precautions so that your pet is free from the dangers of this disease.
When you already know the dangers of rabies if it attacks pets such as cats, one of them is causing death to the animal. Therefore, you must know the right way to treat rabies in cats if you see the symptoms, such as taking them to the vet.
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Some of the right actions so that rabies does not infect your cat include:
1. Giving Vaccines to Cats
The first prevention so that your cat is not infected with rabies is to give it a vaccine regularly. Vaccination of pets will protect them from the rabies carrier virus. In addition, this vaccination will also prevent cats from transmitting rabies to other animals and even you when bitten.
Vaccination can be started when your cat is around twelve weeks old. Then you can give booster or additional vaccinations the following year. Repeat the vaccine injection every one to three years.
2. Check the Health of the Cat
Even though you have given your pet cat the vaccine, you must still carry out routine health checks. So that the vet can easily monitor if something is wrong with your cat’s condition.
That way, you can immediately provide proper and faster treatment of cats if they are exposed to diseases, such as rabies for example. So your cat can get well soon and return to normal activities as usual.
3. Maintain Cleanliness of Cats and Cages
The next way you need to do to prevent cats from rabies is to keep their cage clean. Because there might be a reservoir host animal that enters your cat’s cage unknowingly and spreads the virus.
That’s not all, you also have to keep your beloved cat clean by bathing it. Clean cat conditions will reduce the possibility of being infected with rabies.
4. Keeping Cats Associated with Wild Animals
To prevent your cat from contracting rabies, you must keep it in the area of the house. As well as making sure it doesn’t make friends with wild animals that have the opportunity to carry the virus. If forced to take it out, you can provide a leash around the cat’s neck.
5. Banning Cats from Eating Carrion
As you know, carcasses contain quite a lot of dirt and disease-carrying germs, such as rabies. If your cat eats a carcass that turns out to contain the rabies virus, it will most likely infect it.
Therefore, always keep the cat’s appetite in check and give it the food it likes so it doesn’t have the urge to eat carrion. If you feel that your appetite is decreasing, you can give your cat vitamins.
6. Performing Sterilization on Cats
The last way to prevent rabies in cats is to sterilize them. This sterilization aims to suppress the transmission of rabies in the environment around the house.
Because, with this sterilization, cat breeding can be controlled and avoid overpopulation. Where the overpopulation makes it difficult to prevent infectious diseases in animals.