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Rabies in cats: symptoms


In Germany, rabies is considered eradicated in cats, but also in general. Nevertheless, it is possible that animals brought in from abroad can transmit the deadly viral disease. These symptoms tell you if your pet is infected. The symptoms of rabies in cats are difficult to recognize in the early stages - Image: Shutterstock / siloto

The last case of rabies in Germany by wild animals was registered in 2006. No rabies has been reported in cats in Germany since then, but the always fatal viral disease still occurred in individual dogs imported from abroad. If you can correctly interpret the symptoms of the infection, you are prepared for an emergency and can protect yourself.

Symptoms initially unspecific

In the early stages, rabies is not easily recognized in cats. Symptoms such as high irritability can also be observed in healthy animals. Extreme trustfulness, on the other hand, can only make you wonder with wild animals, but not with our velvet paws. This stage of rabies lasts about 24 hours and is often accompanied by mild fever in cats. Only then do the typical and well-known symptoms become noticeable.

Rabies in cats is always fatal

Unfortunately, if you observe the following symptoms of rabies in your own cat or in a strange cat, you can no longer save the life of your four-legged friend - treatment is even prohibited by law. Instead, you should inform the medical officer so that he can prevent the virus from being transmitted to humans or other animals.

Can cats in Germany catch rabies?

The rabies infection in cats occurs from the saliva of sick wild animals - luckily ...

Rabies in cats lives up to the name of the disease at an advanced stage. The animal becomes mad ("mad") and aggressive. It is disturbed in its motor skills and tends to uncoordinated movements. The flow of saliva increases and can no longer be swallowed. This ensures the common image of the foam in front of the mouth. In this condition, an infected cat survives up to four days before suffering an agonizing death. Rabies in cats leads to a complete paralysis with shaking cramps in the final phase. You should never touch a dead animal with these symptoms, but always inform the veterinary office. Unfortunately, they can no longer help the animal, but would endanger themselves.