You've probably heard of the rage, a contagious and very dangerous disease that, unfortunately, still has no cure. It is not very common in cats, but since they can contract it, it is also important to know how it affects them and what the symptoms are to take the necessary measures so that the animal and its human family are as good as possible.
Let us know if the cat transmits rabies and how to act, both to prevent it and once the disease is diagnosed.
What is rabies?
Anger is an infectious disease transmitted by a virus that affects all mammals, including dogs, people and cats. It is very serious, since it affects the central nervous system causing acute encephalitis, and it is also very contagious: it is enough for a sick animal to bite another to infect it since the virus is present in saliva and secretions.
Once the animal has been infected, it will go through several phases, which are:
- Incubation: is when the virus enters the body and begins to multiply. This phase can last from a week to several months during which the sick animal has no symptoms.
- Prodromal period: in this phase the first symptoms appear. The patient will begin to have vomiting, fatigue and mood swings for 2 to 10 days.
- Excited or furious phase: the animal will be very irritable, to the point that it can attack.
- Paralytic phase: is the last phase. The animal will have generalized paralysis, seizures, coma, and die.
Symptoms of rabies in cats
The symptoms that sick cats can present are the following:
- Excessive drooling
- Hydrophobia (fear of water)
- Loss of appetite and weight
- Behavior changes
Unfortunately, we cannot talk about treatment as there is none. The only thing to do is prevent giving them the rabies vaccine at three to four months and the annual booster.
You can reduce the risk of infection by keeping animals indoors, or by preventing them from going out at night, which is when cats are most active.