Raleigh man bitten by rabid cat, officials say

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RALEIGH, NC — Late last week, a Raleigh Police Department animal control officer responded to the 500 block of East Cabarrus Street concerning a stray cat who had bitten a resident’s trouser leg and pierced his skin.

The cat, a medium-haired brown tabby, was captured by the officer and examined by a veterinarian, who determined it was displaying signs of neurological disorder. The cat was sent to a state lab, where tests confirmed it was rabid.

Animal control officers have returned to the area where that cat was located to provide information concerning rabies and to remind residents to ensure their pets’ rabies vaccinations are up to date.

As always, observations of aggressive behavior or other concerns about animals in Raleigh should be reported immediately by calling 919-831-6311.

Wake County health officials provide the following general tips to help minimize rabies risks:

  • Residents should not approach animals that they do not know.
    • Residents should ensure their pets have a current rabies vaccination. If a pet is allowed outside, a booster vaccine is recommended. Outdoor pets should be kept inside until they receive booster vaccines.
    • Do not feed stray or unknown animals, including cats and dogs.
    • Do not leave trash or food outside, unless it is in a trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
    • If a pet is fed outside, do not leave food out overnight.
    • If a pet comes in contact with an animal that might be rabid, contact a veterinarian immediately.

— Info from Raleigh Police

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