Cat Rabies Vaccine Side Effects

August 06, 2014 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - cat rabies

Vaccinating cats against rabies is a routine practice among the cat owners. There are so many controversies with regard to the frequency of usage and the side effects that may arise. Despite few cats are experiencing severe side effects of this vaccine, pet owners are really worried about the severe side effects of this vaccine. This is mainly due to the fact that they were not properly educated about the consequences of vaccine.

Before getting know the cat rabies side effects, it is mandatory to know about the Rabies virus. This virus affects right form dogs, coyotes, cat and human beings also. The rabies virus will spread through mucus and saliva and is a threat to many wildlife creatures and outdoor pets.

The initial side effects include redness and swelling at the site of injection. Other serious effects include loss of appetite, seizures, paralysis, impairment of motor skills, and Lethargy. There may be mild allergic reaction including a puffy face, swollen eyelids, swollen lips and ears.

Cat Rabies Symptoms

November 14, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

It is difficult for cat lovers to think of their pet harmed with rabies virus but the situation can apply to your cat also. Before the virus reaches maturity stage, it is important to diagnose and give proper treatment and attention to little details of your cat exhibiting characters.

There are three stages of rabies infection, which might show up or sometimes does not show up because the symptoms show up during any of 12-180 days period. It is important to take proper consideration of its activities.

The prodromal phase is the early phase in which the affected cat will show severe behavioral changes like agitation for a quiet cat and shyness for an active cat. Kittens will have great loss of appetite followed with fever and behavioral changes.

The second stage called excitatory phase lasts for two to three days. During these days, the cat shows strange eating behavior like eating stones, hay, sticks or anything that fits into its mouth. You will also find your cat chewing just anything it sees getting extremely angry. It moves away from its routine and start aggression towards you than your house visitor. Its movements cause self-inflicting injuries with seizures and shivering like having cold.

The final stage is paralytic or dumb stage. As soon as first signs are noted, the cat reaches this phase; the virus would have attacked the nervous system and the head. The cat also develops sluggish and depressed. The diaphragm muscle, face muscles and hips paralyze making cat difficult to breathe. The mouth will droop open with tongue protruding. The cat makes choking sounds, which also sounds like something stuck in the throat, is the sign of getting respiratory system weaker and fail to die.

You should be cautious of these symptoms and watch carefully. These developed symptoms will not save cat’s life but you should be wise enough to make necessary arrangements to call in the animal control to remove. Clean the place properly and do not try to touch the cat as you may also develop and infect with rabies virus.

Tips on How to Prevent Cat Rabies

November 01, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

A fatal zoonotic disease developed in animals infected by a virus called Rabies. It is the most common disease found in Asia and Africa and in some developed countries. Among the domestic animals, Cat is the common carrier of the rabies disease. Rabies is a contracting disease that is easy and heavily risked especially ones caught from the streets. The rabies infected to the domestic and wild animals, cats, eventually spread to people, when in contact with them through Saliva, bite-marks and scratches.

Cat likes to wander outdoor increasing the minimal chances of the spread of infection when they meet with wild animals. It becomes important to take steps to prevent cat rabies because it can spread from one animal to the other easily. The best way to prevent cat rabies infection is by early vaccination preventing your pet, cat or dog of infecting with rabies also developing into contracting of the disease.

The Stray animals often infected with rabies, you should help keeping away from your pet cat. If you allow your cat in the outdoor, make sure you watch over her so that she will not stray away to other places. You should also lodge information on stray animals in your neighborhood in the local health department. It is not wise to handle the stray cat yourself as they may bite you and inturn you catch disease.

In addition, you should refrain from feeding the wild cat, as they are aggressive and increase the chances of cat bites.

Safe protection measures should follow if you observe a wound on the cat.  You should quickly pay a visit to the local vet to perform a full medical checkup. Wearing hand gloves and getting yourself vaccinated before you work with animals minimize the spread of rabies to the humans. Vet doctor should request their general physician to provide a vaccine for high-risk person that is vulnerable to the cat rabies. You can find such rabies vaccination shots from the local health departments.

Cat Rabies –an Overview

September 29, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Cat Rabies is a deadly dangerous disease causes by a virus. As the disease can spread to the human beings also, one should understand the symptoms of this dangerous disease so that he can approach the veterinary as soon as possible.

Transmission of rabies

Rabies disease is transmitted by the bite of the infected animal such as cat; dog etc. rabies can also spread through aerosol or placental connection. The rabies virus is seen in saliva in large numbers. The one character of the virus that makes it very dangerous is that this virus can live longer out side the host unlike many other viruses.

Signs and symptoms of cat rabies

In this disease the virus spreads only in the nerve and reaches the brain. This virus can not travel fast in the nerves and hence for the virus to reach the brain it takes about 2 -6 weeks. From the brain the virus reaches to saliva through salivary gland. As soon as the virus reaches the brain of the cat, the symptoms are exhibited. There are three different phases of the disease; they are prodromal phase, furious phase, dump or paralytic phase

Prodromal phase

This phase lasts for a day or two in cats. The cats will show fever like symptoms and the behaviour may be erratic. There will a drastic change in the cat’s behaviours all of a sudden. The active cat may become dull or vice versa. There can be dilated pupil, snapping at imaginary objects, excessive drooling etc

Furious phase

At this phase there will be exaggerated response any stimuli. There will be abnormal change in the appetite of the cat.  The cat will start eating anything and everything such as sticks and stones. There will be change in the voice of the cat. The cat will wander aimlessly and may bite itself. The cat will start behaving violently towards the owner too.

Paralytic or dump stage

The cat at this phase will be very depressed. The mouth of the cat will be open and the tongue will be seen protruding. There will be progressive paralysis in the cat. The cat will slowly become week and soon the respiratory problem will follow. This phase will be soon followed by death.   

Diagnosis of cat rabies

As soon as the symptoms discussed above are noticed, the cat should be rushed to the near by vet clinic. The vet will be require the history of the cat from the owner and will study the clinical signs exhibited. The diagnosis can be confirmed only after the demonstration of the negri bodies in the brain smear. The cat rabies can be confirmed by the histopathology of the central nervous system of the cat ,  biological test , skin biopsy, polymerase chain reaction performed on corneal impressions.

Prevention and control of cat rabies

There is no treatment for this deadly dangerous disease and hence one should concentrate on prevention and control. Rabies killed vaccine should be administered intramuscularly when the cat is 8-10 weeks old. The same vaccine needs to be repeated after a month’s time. The same vaccine should be repeated once in a year. The cat that is exposed can be treated with serum and vaccine. The bite wound on the cat should be completely washed with soap and water and the cat can be administered anti rabies serum 6 doses on 0, 3.7, 14, 28 and 90 days after the bite. Read more about cat rabies Here…

Cat Rabies Shot

October 20, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Diseases

In USA, it is mandatory for cats to receive vaccination against rabies virus as put forward in the "Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control". The only vaccine administered by the USA laws is the rabies vaccine to protect against spreading of rabies virus to humans.

Every state sets its own law regarding the frequency of the rabies vaccine administration. Normally, the cat is given the cat rabies vaccine after it reaches the age of 3 – 6 months old. After one year, the cat is given a booster injection. The law concerning the annual rabies vaccination differs from state to state. Most states require the cat to receive rabies vaccination annually. However, there are some state requires the cat to be administered with rabies vaccine every 3 years.

There are two types of cat rabies shot including 1 year and 3 years. The one-year cat rabies shot can last for one year while the 3-year cat rabies shot can last for 3 years. The one-year shot offer less protection than the three year shot. Studies have shown that the rabies vaccination can offer protection for up to 7 years.

Though there is a low incidence of cat rabies, it is best that you get vaccinated because rabid animals such as bat often enter into homes. Cats, which are not vaccinated against rabies, will die if they touch the saliva or are bitten by a rabid animal.

Before there is any vaccination or you feel your pet has rabies infection, go for an easy blood test called antibody titer. Another important message is the existence of a special compound adjuvants, which increases the efficiency to the vaccine in other vaccines, has lately shown as cause of cancer or immunological disease at some later stages of cats life. You should make sure the vaccination you give does not support adjuvants. An exception to this kind is canarypox virus-vectored recombinant feline rabies vaccine, which does not contain adjuvants is administered annually.

Cat Rabies Symptoms

September 15, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

It is difficult for cat lovers to think of their pet harmed with rabies virus but the situation can apply to your cat also. Before the virus reaches maturity stage, it is important to diagnose and give proper treatment and attention to little details of your cat exhibiting characters. Cat rabies symptoms are more important for a cat owner to get to know.

There are three stages of rabies infection, which might show up or sometimes does not show up because the symptoms show up during any of 12-180 days period. It is important to take proper consideration of its activities.

The prodromal phase is the early phase in which the affected cat will show severe behavioral changes like agitation for a quiet cat and shyness for an active cat. Kittens will have great loss of appetite followed with fever and behavioral changes.

The second stage called excitatory phase lasts for two to three days. During these days, the cat shows strange eating behavior like eating stones, hay, sticks or anything that fits into its mouth. You will also find your cat chewing just anything it sees getting extremely angry. It moves away from its routine and start aggression towards you than your house visitor. Its movements cause self-inflicting injuries with seizures and shivering like having cold.

The final stage is paralytic or dumb stage. As soon as first signs are noted, the cat reaches this phase; the virus would have attacked the nervous system and the head. The cat also develops sluggish and depressed. The diaphragm muscle, face muscles and hips paralyze making cat difficult to breathe. The mouth will droop open with tongue protruding. The cat makes choking sounds, which also sounds like something stuck in the throat, is the sign of getting respiratory system weaker and fail to die.

You should be cautious of these cat rabies symptoms and watch carefully. These developed symptoms will not save cat’s life but you should be wise enough to make necessary arrangements to call in the animal control to remove. Clean the place properly and do not try to touch the cat as you may also develop and infect with rabies virus.