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Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
I ask because I was out walking my service dog Cyrus and a lil' kitty wandered over. Was meowing and friendly. Looked well fed, but lost. Even followed me. Began rubbing up against my feet and weaving between Cy's legs.

I intend to call animal control first thing tomorrow.

Also, I'd been hearing it cry/meow periodically the last 2 days. Finally it approached me.

Helpful input would be great....

Also I'll be calling my vet ASAP.

Thanks fellow GLPers! hf

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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
I found this article for you. It's pretty informative and easier to read than alot of them. Hope it helps and good luck with the kittie!

[link to cats.lovetoknow.com]
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I found this article for you. It's pretty informative and easier to read than alot of them. Hope it helps and good luck with the kittie!

[link to cats.lovetoknow.com]
 Quoting: Texan Buckeye


Thank You.

If there is trouble, it could mean Cyrus will have to be quarantined for 10 days. Being he is a working dog this will not be fun for either of us. :(

Please wish us luck.

Helpful article! Ty Tex!

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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
All the luck in the world, hon. I've taken in lots of strays over the years and almost all of them have been healthy, but underfed. If it's eyes and nose are clear, chances are pretty good. Can you isolate the kitten from the dog until you can get to the vet? That's what I do, when I get a new one.hugs
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
All the luck in the world, hon. I've taken in lots of strays over the years and almost all of them have been healthy, but underfed. If it's eyes and nose are clear, chances are pretty good. Can you isolate the kitten from the dog until you can get to the vet? That's what I do, when I get a new one.hugs
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It's still outside. I didn't bring it in. A neighbor & I brought it some food & put it where we found it.

Was pretty dark, but it's eyes did look clear....well groomed too. Like I said, it looked lost rather than a stray

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I think your dog is probably going to be fine with just that short exposure, but I understand you wanting to take him to the vets. I would be extra cautious with a working animal, too.
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
hugs

Ty...I'll keep ya posted
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
i'd catch and quarantine the damn cat for rabies!!! lol
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i'd catch and quarantine the damn cat for rabies!!! lol
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Animal control will come get it, & I'll be sure to get them to observe it. They can tell within a few days. rockon
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
Don't have rabies here
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Don't have rabies here
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YOU don't have rabies? tounge

Or no rabies in your neck of the woods, lol?
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
Find out if animal control will take it to a
NON-kill shelter. If it is a kill shelter, kitty won't
have a chance.
Never call animal control..either take to a non-kill
animal shelter or find it a home on your own..possibly
put up posters, it may just be lost.
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Nothing in your post sounds like rabies with the kitten and Cyrus probably has his rabies shot. If the kitten didn't bite or get saliva in an open wound on Cyrus, even if it did have rabies, Cyrus shouldn't be affected. Try to not worry because dogs pick up on your worry and Cyrus might start reacting to your worry and make you even more concerned. Hope you'll soon let us know everything is ok.
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
Find out if animal control will take it to a
NON-kill shelter. If it is a kill shelter, kitty won't
have a chance.
Never call animal control..either take to a non-kill
animal shelter or find it a home on your own..possibly
put up posters, it may just be lost.
 Quoting: dpepper 24431622


Agreed. Def a no kill shelter. I'd do it myself, but I'm physically unable to on my own.
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
Nothing in your post sounds like rabies with the kitten and Cyrus probably has his rabies shot. If the kitten didn't bite or get saliva in an open wound on Cyrus, even if it did have rabies, Cyrus shouldn't be affected. Try to not worry because dogs pick up on your worry and Cyrus might start reacting to your worry and make you even more concerned. Hope you'll soon let us know everything is ok.
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You're right about not worrying. Everything goes down the leash to your dog. I've been keepin' my cool. Just gathering info & input. Two heads are better than one. Thanks Nine's sun
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
Nothing in your post sounds like rabies with the kitten and Cyrus probably has his rabies shot. If the kitten didn't bite or get saliva in an open wound on Cyrus, even if it did have rabies, Cyrus shouldn't be affected. Try to not worry because dogs pick up on your worry and Cyrus might start reacting to your worry and make you even more concerned. Hope you'll soon let us know everything is ok.
 Quoting: Nine's


You're right about not worrying. Everything goes down the leash to your dog. I've been keepin' my cool. Just gathering info & input. Two heads are better than one. Thanks Nine's sun
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Good for you! I know the concern though when our canine pals mean so much to us. hf
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
If it looks well fed and cared for why do you think it is a stray? How old does it look? If over 6 months it might be able to find its way back home.

If it doesn't appear sickly at all it probably does not have rabies. It would also not be drinking water. It would also probably be acting aggressive. I don't understand why you would think it would have rabies? WTH??? You got upset just because it rubbed up against your dog?

It doesn't sound like it has any signs of rabies and I have seen many rabid animals - usually skunks in this area (about 5 % of them). I used to be an animal control officer. It's well-fed looking, well-cared for looking, eating, drinking water, not aggressive. So why the hell do you think it has rabies???

Any mammal can catch rabies but even in wildlife the percentage is low.

Instead of calling animal control it would have been better to put found ad in newspaper (usually free) & some flyers up. The cat may even live somewhere on your block.

Most animal control shelters only hold stray cats for 72 hours and then can put them down which they usually do if they are crowded. Cat owners don't always come looking for the cat right away since cats wander & then come home again. So if an owner doesn't come to claim it it could be dead in 72 hours. It might have been better to call an animal save group instead. Many of these groups would be able to discern if it displays rabies symptoms which it doesn't sound like it does! You may have just given it its death sentence just because it rubbed up against your dog! Well, there may be a cat owner out there who loves their cat just as much as you do your dog.

Sorry, I know I'm being tough on you but it struck a chord with me! When I was an ACO I just got sick of people bringing in animals for stupid reasons and then we'd end up having the kennel workers putting them down to make space for the hoards we were bombarded with every day!

Doesn't sound like it has rabies from what you have said!
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Rabies in domestic animals is not that common, especially a well-groomed kitten without symptoms. If you see a raccoon staggering around at 3 in the afternoon drooling, that would be a more likely candidate.
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
If it looks well fed and cared for why do you think it is a stray? How old does it look? If over 6 months it might be able to find its way back home.

If it doesn't appear sickly at all it probably does not have rabies. It would also not be drinking water. It would also probably be acting aggressive. I don't understand why you would think it would have rabies? WTH??? You got upset just because it rubbed up against your dog?

It doesn't sound like it has any signs of rabies and I have seen many rabid animals - usually skunks in this area (about 5 % of them). I used to be an animal control officer. It's well-fed looking, well-cared for looking, eating, drinking water, not aggressive. So why the hell do you think it has rabies???

Any mammal can catch rabies but even in wildlife the percentage is low.

Instead of calling animal control it would have been better to put found ad in newspaper (usually free) & some flyers up. The cat may even live somewhere on your block.

Most animal control shelters only hold stray cats for 72 hours and then can put them down which they usually do if they are crowded. Cat owners don't always come looking for the cat right away since cats wander & then come home again. So if an owner doesn't come to claim it it could be dead in 72 hours. It might have been better to call an animal save group instead. Many of these groups would be able to discern if it displays rabies symptoms which it doesn't sound like it does! You may have just given it its death sentence just because it rubbed up against your dog! Well, there may be a cat owner out there who loves their cat just as much as you do your dog.

Sorry, I know I'm being tough on you but it struck a chord with me! When I was an ACO I just got sick of people bringing in animals for stupid reasons and then we'd end up having the kennel workers putting them down to make space for the hoards we were bombarded with every day!

Doesn't sound like it has rabies from what you have said!
 Quoting: January Wolves


People who depend on service dogs often put their lives in the care of their animals. A threat to the animal is a threat to the humans very existence. Everyone loves their dogs. A service dog or working dog adds a new layer to that love. Sometimes only understood by someone who has owned or known one.

Understand where you're coming from too. Tough, and often heartbreaking job you had. hf

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Little kitteh is probably just a lost little kitteh.
Nice that you fed it.

Your dog is vaccinated, correct?
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What would have even made you think of rabies? The kitty sounds like it is fine and probably just wondered away from home and hasn't found it's way back. I think you are over reacting big time, out of fear for your dog, which I get but take a breath. If the cat did have rabies it would have had to bite you or the dog for it to be a problem.
Please do not call animal control on the poor thing! That is a death sentence!
Make sure kitty has food and wait to see if it can get home. If it were a stray, it would be very mistrustful and thin. It wouldn't be rubbing up on you.
I know, I have taken in several of them to be re-homed and they are always scared and hungry.
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
I ask because I was out walking my service dog Cyrus and a lil' kitty wandered over. Was meowing and friendly. Looked well fed, but lost. Even followed me. Began rubbing up against my feet and weaving between Cy's legs.

I intend to call animal control first thing tomorrow.

Also, I'd been hearing it cry/meow periodically the last 2 days. Finally it approached me.

Helpful input would be great....

Also I'll be calling my vet ASAP.

Thanks fellow GLPers! hf
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Sounds rabid. I wouldn't wait for animal control. It must be dispatched immediately. Could be carrying the plague as well
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Most likely.. someone dropped it..then abandoned. does not sound rabid. he asked you for help. If it had rabies it could not eat or drink.
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Uhhh...could it be this wittle kitten they're searching for? [link to www.ajc.com]
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
I ask because I was out walking my service dog Cyrus and a lil' kitty wandered over. Was meowing and friendly. Looked well fed, but lost. Even followed me. Began rubbing up against my feet and weaving between Cy's legs.

I intend to call animal control first thing tomorrow.

Also, I'd been hearing it cry/meow periodically the last 2 days. Finally it approached me.

Helpful input would be great....

Also I'll be calling my vet ASAP.

Thanks fellow GLPers! hf
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Sounds rabid. I wouldn't wait for animal control. It must be dispatched immediately. Could be carrying the plague as well
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stfu
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If it looks well fed and cared for why do you think it is a stray? How old does it look? If over 6 months it might be able to find its way back home.

If it doesn't appear sickly at all it probably does not have rabies. It would also not be drinking water. It would also probably be acting aggressive. I don't understand why you would think it would have rabies? WTH??? You got upset just because it rubbed up against your dog?

It doesn't sound like it has any signs of rabies and I have seen many rabid animals - usually skunks in this area (about 5 % of them). I used to be an animal control officer. It's well-fed looking, well-cared for looking, eating, drinking water, not aggressive. So why the hell do you think it has rabies???

Any mammal can catch rabies but even in wildlife the percentage is low.

Instead of calling animal control it would have been better to put found ad in newspaper (usually free) & some flyers up. The cat may even live somewhere on your block.

Most animal control shelters only hold stray cats for 72 hours and then can put them down which they usually do if they are crowded. Cat owners don't always come looking for the cat right away since cats wander & then come home again. So if an owner doesn't come to claim it it could be dead in 72 hours. It might have been better to call an animal save group instead. Many of these groups would be able to discern if it displays rabies symptoms which it doesn't sound like it does! You may have just given it its death sentence just because it rubbed up against your dog! Well, there may be a cat owner out there who loves their cat just as much as you do your dog.

Sorry, I know I'm being tough on you but it struck a chord with me! When I was an ACO I just got sick of people bringing in animals for stupid reasons and then we'd end up having the kennel workers putting them down to make space for the hoards we were bombarded with every day!

Doesn't sound like it has rabies from what you have said!
 Quoting: January Wolves


I did not call anyone yet. A friend of mine works for a no kill shelter and I put in a call to her last night. It was nearly 11 at night when i found it, well it found me really. Also, I did not assume it was sick....I was merely seeking input. I also read that kittens, stray or lost will be friendly because they are vulnerable. And a neighbor and I fed it.

I appreciate your input and passion for animals, by the way. rockon
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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
I ask because I was out walking my service dog Cyrus and a lil' kitty wandered over. Was meowing and friendly. Looked well fed, but lost. Even followed me. Began rubbing up against my feet and weaving between Cy's legs.

I intend to call animal control first thing tomorrow.

Also, I'd been hearing it cry/meow periodically the last 2 days. Finally it approached me.

Helpful input would be great....

Also I'll be calling my vet ASAP.

Thanks fellow GLPers! hf
 Quoting: Jool


Sounds rabid. I wouldn't wait for animal control. It must be dispatched immediately. Could be carrying the plague as well
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1160204


Har Har tounge:-p
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Most likely.. someone dropped it..then abandoned. does not sound rabid. he asked you for help. If it had rabies it could not eat or drink.
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Agreed. Landscapers were here at my apt building this morning. It might have been scared off. We'll see. If it's back later today/evening, I'll get my friend here to see it, and we'll go from there...

And I did give it help. Food & water.

hf

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Re: Question about a possible stray kitten.... how do you recognize rabies symptoms in a cat?
Just an update...

No kitty this morning, after the landscapers left the complex. I did talk to my friend and she's aware (lives here too). So I'll keep an eye out....

Cy seems to be fine and is vaccinated. Did some research, and many of you were right, no need to panic.

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7 out of 10 cats are euthanized the best thing to do is to stop being paranoid and take the kitty in and take care of him or her.

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