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Feral cats and rabies

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As sad as it is in any case, it is always sad for the feral cats that contract rabies. Why, many people may wonder, would it be sad since these cats are out on their own and possibly infecting other animals or humans? Well, that is particularly the reason why it is so sad!

Feral animals do not ask to be brought into this world, it is ordinarily the doing of people that put animals out on the streets because they no longer want to care for them. It is also not their fault if they come into contact with another animal that is infected with rabies and they have a puncture wound, an open cut or even have contact so that the virus enters through their mucous membrane.

Once the virus is inside a mammal’s body, it will travel from where it entered, making contact with the nerves in that part of the body and go to the spinal cord and then the brain. Human beings can have the infection incubate for months, but it may affect animals quicker.

Rabies can be prevented in house pets, but animals living on the streets have a tougher time warding it off. Feral cats are not easily caught, so they are not easily inoculated.

North Georgia residents are having just a terrible time with feral cats exposing their pets to rabies. In fact it is not just the pets that they are concerned about now, but the human residents as well.

Currently two different people are undergoing rabies treatment – just as a precaution – since the same cat was identified as the one that bit and scratched each of them. The test results from each of the individuals proved that the cat was indeed infected with the rabies virus.

If the cat is caught, it will have to be put down. But that cat is not the only one, there were five other unvaccinated in the same Old Federal Road South area. When caught, they will be put down, too. It is indeed a very sad set of circumstances.

More and more individuals seem to be ridding themselves of the bother and the expense of their pets by simply dumping them on the streets, but this is turning around to be a huge issue. The pets turn feral in order to survive, and then as they come into contact with diseased animals, they become diseased and then infect other house pets and the people that own them. This issue is just hard for everyone – especially animal lovers.

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