Can sharing a water dish spread rabies (this is taking into consideration one animal has rabies)
Also, is it true that if a cat for instance is bitten by a rabid raccoon, can the cat infect you if you are bit the same day or does the cat (for instance) not be able to spread the disease until it actually shows signs of being infected later on?
Will rabies vaccines cover animals before they show any stages of having contracted the disease, like if you suspect an animal has rabies but not showing clinical signs yet, is it a good time to have all animals vaccinated if they have not been and will that protect them from getting rabies should they come in contact? Thanks!!!
You're very welcome! I wish I could give you a hug! I felt so bad for you when I read your original post! I'm so glad that you have calmed down. :)
Thank you so so so much Ghilly you made me feel so better and thank you for educating me on everything. thank you!
OK. First of all... CALM DOWN. You are not helping yourself by panicking the way you are. All you are doing is making yourself miserable.
How is the cat? Is it still acting normally? Does it look healthy? Is it eating normally?
It is possible for people to contract rabies without being bitten if saliva from a frothing animal is flung through the air (via a hiss, for example) and strikes a person in the eyes, mouth or open wound. So if a rabid animal tosses its head around and some spit flies at you, if it hits you in the eye, you need to go get the series of rabies shots. You, however, were scratched. The rabies virus lives for literally only a few seconds after it leaves the body. So, if a cat is rabid, it would have to have licked its paw immediately before scratching someone for the virus to still be viable and enter the scratch victim's body.
Typically, if a cat or dog is shedding the rabies virus in its saliva, it dies within about 10 days. Considering the length of time it has been since you were scratched, it is safe to say that your cat does not have rabies. And you can actually be doubly sure of that now because you have since, you said, had the cat vaccinated, correct? Also, you said that you were scratched a few months ago. If you had suspected the cat of being rabid and had gone to the doctor when you got scratched, they would have made you quarantine the cat. Each state has its own length of time for a quarantine period, however the average length of time to quarantine an UNvaccinated animal is 45 days. If nothing happens to the animal in that period of time, the animal can be released from quarantine and you don't have to worry about rabies. Vaccinated animals are held for a period of 10 days.
The cat would most definitely be behaving strangely if it were rabid, especially by this time IF it weren't dead already from the disease. It would be disoriented, it would be drooling uncontrollably, it would be having seizures. If it was normally a placid animal it would be exhibiting fits of rage. If it was normally a wild animal, it would be uncharacteristically placid. This is why you should NEVER try to pet a wild animal that approaches you. Wild animals that lose their instinctive natural fear of humans should ALWAYS be suspected of being ill. Similarly, pets who are normally friendly and loving should be suspected of being ill if they begin to bite and attack people for no apparent reason.
Please stop torturing yourself over this! YOU DO NOT HAVE RABIES. Neither does your kitty. He would have been dead two months ago if he had been rabid when he scratched you. Any odd things you are feeling right now are the side effects of the anxiety trip you are laying on yourself. It's very important that you get a grip on this and stop worrying because maintaining the level of anxiety you have right now for any length of time is very bad for your health in general. Stress and anxiety do horrible things to our immune systems and make it difficult for us to fight off things that most people wouldn't even notice.
If you are not taking any medication for any reason, have yourself a nice glass of wine or something to relax and just calm down about this whole thing. Please feel better! You are NOT sick!