My 11 month old cat, Killer, is normally an indoor cat. 2 nights ago, on NEw Year's Eve, he was accidently left out all night. I found him outside my back yard around 11:30 the next morning all dirty. My husband and I gave him a bath and cleaned him up. We found a small puncture wound on his face. After that he slept all day. Later, we tried to go to the garage to go to the store and Killer ran out there. I tried to get him and he was growling and snarling at me and when my husband tried to get him, he attact my husband so bad that he had to go to Urgent Care. Today, he slept most the day again. Hasn't eaten any food, and is still crying and whinning and snarling. We have a ferel cat in the neighborhood which we belived got into a fight with my cat and so should I be concerned about rabies or any other infection??
Is your cat vaccinated for Rabies and Distemper? If not, then yes, I would be very worried. Please call your vet and ask him what to do. If this cat attacked your husband bad enough to need Urgent Care and he is not normally a bad kitty then something is seriously wrong. And if your cat is not vaccinated for rabies, your husband may need to undergo treatment for rabies as well.
He is not vaccinated. His personality has always been a little on edge anyway. But he's always been affectionate with my and my husband. We took him to the vet and they basically said just to look out for signs of rabies, but I just feel like something is wrong with him already becasue he keeps crying and isnt playing anymore
Well, you've done the right thing for him if you already took him to the vet. I'm not sure what the signs are that they told you to watch for because I thought that what you described ARE signs of rabies. Change in behavior, aggression toward someone he loves. But I guess if they thought it was a strong possibility, they would have quarantined the cat. And it is also supposed to take more than 3 days for rabies to incubate anyway. I am sure they looked for signs of trauma in case he had been hit by a car or something. Because crying and not playing sounds like he's hurting. I'm so sorry for your kitty and I hope everything works out ok. I would not hesitate to call the vet and ask more questions if you are unsure.
rabies is only transmitted in the last 10 days of an animals life. if the ferral cat dies within 10 days of unknown reasons then you should worry. otherwise it seems he may have just been tramatized and is upset about the other cat being in his area. even if he has always been an indoor cat. most of the time if it is rabies they will first start to salavate alot. will become afraid of water that type of thing. this is the aggressive form of rabies. you can also see signs of what they call the dumb form of rabies which is usually seen in rodents. fiv and felv are not diseases which cause these types of behaviors. if you are worried about these diseases there is a test which they can do and have results within 10-15 min.