Perils for Cats

A former feral kitty wisely chose to adopt us. The adventures of Harry Potter leads me to blog on a few dangers that cats face, namely rabies and pesticide.

In our neck of the woods there has been an outbreak of rabies -- in cats. The vet told me yesterday that as well intentioned as people are to feed ferals, when we leave out the food, we then invite wild animals like raccoons, skunks, and coyotes to come around. And spread rabies to our pets.

So, if you feed your pets outside or you feed ferals then keep an eye on the food/water and bring the bowls in (especially at night).

Unfortunately, for one stray on our street, she found out what happens when people spray insecticide or herbicide around the house. The cat was poisoned and actually exhibited rabies-like symptoms when a neighbor took her in. There is a warning label on these products you purchase from the store but be mindful even if you hire a company to come out. The dangers to pets actually apply to children as well.

Harry Potter is an outside cat and was bitten by another cat and had a really nasty wound on his tail. I knew he had his vaccinations but I was still worried. I took him to get checked, get antibiotics, and get his vaccinations updated. He is fine and back to his super loving, super crazy self.

QUESTIONS: Have your pets had their vaccinations lately?


BeadedTail said...

Harry Potter is such a sweetie! Love the color of his furs! I'm glad he's okay and thanks for the great reminders about rabies and pesticides! My girls stay indoors so they had their first vaccinations but none since. We had a cat once who had issues due to vaccinations so we have discussed it with our vet and they are okay as long as they stay away from other cats. If we were to ever board them we'd have to do something different but the way I am, that'll never happen! :)

Natashalh said...

Oh, goodness about the rabies! WIth all the vaccines and such, I've heard it's fairly rare in the US. That is scary!

storybeader said...

great information! I didn't realize that rabies spread through their food... though we're not feeding any animals in our neighborhood. Lots of dogs, not that many cats {:-D

Erika said...

Deb, rabies does not spread through food but leaving out the food attracts the wild animals which then bite and spread rabies.
Sorry for not making that clear.

pasqueflower said...

So glad Harry Potter is doing better. What a cutie!

Duni said...

Awww...look at that sweet face :)

I am always present at feeding times, and then I collect the bowls. I am worried about pesticides!
Both Leo and Sammy are due for a vaccination this month. It will be a challenge getting Leo into the carrier. He is so fast!

It warms my heart to know that HP found his furever home with you!

Memories for Life said...

I'm glad Harry Potter is okay. Harley just got his updates on Monday actually :)
We've had to start bringing in the cat food at night because it attracts too many critters!

Kathleen said...

You are absolutely right about not leaving food out and unattended especially at night. Skunks really like cat food and so do some birds.

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