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Contact: Janna Walker Date: May 7, 2021
336-242-2354 For release: Immediately
Domestic Cat Tests Positive for Rabies
The Davidson County Health Department has been notified of a domestic cat that tested positive for rabies. On May 5th, a domestic, unvaccinated cat attacked its owner in the Ridge Road area of Davidson County. On May 7th, the Davidson Health Department received notification that the cat tested positive for rabies. The owner is working with authorities and is receiving appropriate medical treatment. Animal control has been dispatched to the residence where there are an undisclosed number of domestic cats whose vaccination statuses are unknown.
This comes just weeks after a skunk tested positive for rabies in the northern part of Denton after an altercation with two domestic dogs. Both dogs were up-to-date on their vaccinations and received necessary boosters after the incident.
A positive rabies case in our community is a reminder to all pet owners to keep your pets up-to-date on necessary vaccinations. North Carolina law requires that all domestic dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies by 4 months of age and kept current.
To protect yourself, family, friends and pets, beware of wild animals especially those out during the daytime. Stay away from animals that are unfamiliar to you. If your pet comes in contact with an unknown animal, seek care from a veterinarian immediately regardless of the vaccination status of your pet. Never touch a dead animal with your bare hands.
If you see stray dogs, cats, or wildlife in your neighborhood, call Animal Control at 336-249-0131. If you have questions regarding your own exposure to any animal, please contact your healthcare provider to discuss your situation.