rabies from cats?

Philippines
December 2, 2007 5:28am CST
Our neighbor was bitten by one yesterday because he was trying to help the cat to escape trapped in a sort of a sack. When he was about to hold the cat, it suddenly bit him.
3 responses
@Aurone (4758)
• United States
10 Dec 07
You might check to see you are in a high risk area. There are some places that have more problem with it then others. You don't see many cases of Cats passing rabies, but it can happen. If the cat sticks around, keep an eye on it for a couple of weeks, if it doesn't develop any of the symptoms of rabies than your neighbor will be alright. Cats have a lot of bacteria in their mouth, if you get bitten badly you should get an antibiotic shot.
• United States
22 Feb 08
you should tell him/her that they should hurry go to a doctor tog et a shot.
@nanayangel (7841)
• Philippines
22 Feb 08
Hi there thenurse! That's really scary. Maybe the cat is scared too and didn't mean to hurt him like what they said. I hope that your neighbor will be okay.
• United States
2 Dec 07
Arr is right...he should be just fine. My kitty bites me all the time when he's scared or playing, and he's not vaccinated against rabies. It's highly unlikely that the cat would even have rabies, unless he's a strictly outdoor cat who likes to get into fights with raccoons LOL...it's not something they can just contract like a cold or anything, they have to actually have contact with the infected animal's saliva, so it must be contracted through a bite. Cats don't get it nearly as much as dogs, and even that is very rare to see. He should be just fine, and good for him for helping a kitty in need!