I just want people to see this. Every year there are reports of feline rabies whereas canine rabies is almost non existent. Every year the CA State Compendium recommends the licensing of cats in order for them to have rabies vaccinations like dogs. Check with your local shelter to see how many reported cat bites there are every year, you'll be surprised. And almost none of them have been vaccinated. Since cats are much more difficult to locate and contain, unlike dogs, many of the offending cats get away. This results in rabies treatment for the person bitten. These are painful and think of that small child forced to endure this pain. This is the link to the story and below is a copy of the story.
REIDSVILLE, Va. (AP) - Health officials say a feral cat that bit a Rockingham County girl tested positive for rabies and six other people may have been exposed to the disease.
County environmental health director Ted Nelson says the child started a series of rabies shots last week and is fine.
The Rockingham County Department of Health says at least one of the other people has scheduled treatment.
The child was bitten March 6 outside a home in Reidsville. The health department said the cat was pregnant and it believes other cats may have been exposed.
Nelson said animal control officers from the sheriff's office picked up seven cats and two puppies that are believed to have some connection to the cat.