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Woman Learns Invaluable Lesson About Not Picking Fights with Stray Cats


Source: http://gawker.com/woman-learns-invaluabl...

Something really Monty Python and the Holy Grail about this.

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The dog is very happy it's owner is taking on the cat, wagging it's tail every time she goes after the cat.

Yes! Yes! Get the cat! Get the cat!!!

Reading the interview with her, she had taken in this stray in the summer. The incident happened when the cat started attacking the dog (not shown on video). From the interview (http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/24221193/viewer-video-horrible-cat-attack): Maxx, who owns three other cats says, "I actually saved him from someone who was going put him down and he was sweet as pie. When they came to get him I couldn't even watch because even though he did that to me, I couldn't see them take him away because I knew what they were going do to him."

It seems that the cat was not vaccinated against rabies.  A shame.

What will happen to the animal after person has been bitten or otherwise exposed?

  • NDDOH Rabies Exposure Assessment Algorithm (pdf)
  • If the animal is a healthy domestic dog, cat or ferret it should be confined and held for observation for 10 days.  A licensed veterinarian must examine the animal at the beginning and end of the 10-day observation period.  If the animal develops symptoms suggestive of rabies, it should be humanely destroyed and the brain sent for testing.  If the animal is healthy at the end of the 10-day period, then no rabies exposure occurred and the person bitten will not need rabies shots.

  • If the animal is not a domestic dog, cat or ferret, it should be captured, humanely destroyed and the brain sent for rabies testing.    If the animal is a domesticated farm animal (cow, horse, etc.), consult with your physician and veterinarian. 

The problem is that you need 10 days to determine IF an animal carries rabies, yet the onset and potential fatality in humans can happen in less than one week.  

"The incubation period for rabies is typically 1–3 months, but may vary from <1 week to >1 year. The initial symptoms of rabies are fever and often pain or an unusual or unexplained tingling, pricking or burning sensation (paraesthesia) at the wound site. As the virus spreads through the central nervous system, progressive, fatal inflammation of the brain and spinal cord develops. Two forms of the disease can follow. People with furious rabies exhibit signs of hyperactivity, excited behaviour, hydrophobia and sometimes aerophobia.  After a few days, death occurs by cardio-respiratory arrest."

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs099/en/

From your link:

Rabies is present on all continents with the exception of Antartica, but more than 95% of human deaths occur in Asia and Africa. Once symptoms of the disease develop, rabies is nearly always fatal.

Rabies is a neglected disease of poor and vulnerable populations whose deaths are rarely reported. *It occurs mainly in remote rural communities where measures to prevent dog to human transmission have not been implemented.* Under-reporting of rabies also prevents mobilization of resources from the international community for the elimination of human dog-mediated rabies.

And

  • Wound cleansing and immunization within a few hours after contact with a suspect rabid animal can prevent the onset of rabies and death.
  • Every year, more than 15 million people worldwide receive a post-exposure vaccination to prevent the disease– this is estimated to prevent hundreds of thousands of rabies deaths annually.

By all means treat the woman.  Humanely destroy the animal IF RABIES IS SUSPECTED. Rabies is not suspected in vaccinated pets.  Vaccinate your pets. If you adopt a stray, you are responsible for more than its food and shelter.  Many if not most cities offer low-cost vaccination programs.  

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