There are a lot of sicknesses out there for your cat. One of the most dangerous illness and one that causes the most death is rabies. Your cat can have symptoms of cat rabies without even you knowing it! Also be aware of the symptoms of cat rabies.
Your cat can be exposed to rabies if he was bitten by a sick animal, if one of his wounds came in contact with saliva, secretion or blood of an infected animal or even after being in an area with animals such as a vet clinic or even your household when a new cat comes in. You will want to have him vaccinated regularly to prevent the illness.
If he does get the illness, you will see one of the following symptoms of cat rabies:
Your cat moves a lot or is agitated. You cat can have fever. He can show signs of having a headache. He can be irrigable. He might go into cardiac arrest. He can have weakness or even paralysis in one or several parts of its body. This can be hard to monitor, but he could have difficulty purring. He might have a hard time swallowing. He could show signs of excessive tears or salivation. He could show itching or pain at the site of a bite.
This is the most common telltale sign of rabies in cats because they start mewling a little too loudly to show their discomfort and would spit out the food fed to him, which is quite a drastic change to his personality that you can read more about if you check my site online.
If you see any of these symptoms, it’s imperative that you go to your vet immediately. If the animal that bit your cat is available, bring that animal with you. Tests can be made to insure your cat was really bitten by an infected animal.
Once your cat gets infected, the rabies virus will proliferate in the muscle and may not be easy to detect for a few months. There might be no symptoms whatsoever. When the symptoms start to appear maybe 1 to 3 months after the initial infection, the disease will progress in the animal’s central nervous system. Death if untreated can occur after 4 to 5 days.
The first symptom of cat rabies will probably be the change in its behavior. If he doesn’t eat, or drink anymore, doesn’t want to be petted, and hides in some odd corner of your house, this is cause for alarm. After that, you might see in your loved animal, signs of viciousness and maybe some paralysis. If your cat is vicious, you will want to be really careful not to be bitten or scratched by him so you do not get infected too. If you are, then you should immediately consult a doctor.
If you bring your cat to your vet in time, there might be a chance for him to be cured. He will have to receive antibiotics injections every month for the next 5 months. Of course the vet bill will go with that, but you stand the chance that your cat will have spent one of his nine lives but will still be amongst the living and hopefully spend many more years with you.