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Terri, Feline Healthcare Expert
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I have a question. I work at a clinic and we primarily take

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I have a question. I work at a clinic and we primarily take care of feral cats/kittens. We had a kitten stop breathing today when we gave fluids. We gave CPR and it still died. Is there much of a chance of contracting rabies.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.
I am so sorry you lost the kitten.
Did he have any signs of illness like fever or foaming?
Is there any rabies among the feral cats in your care?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
No fever and no foaming. The kitten did come out of the woods though. A neighbor was feeding it. It did have a few neurological signs (eyes and walking issues), and its belly was very disextended.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Are you still there? I am having the kitten tested as a precaution.
Expert:  Terri replied 2 years ago.
Thanks so much for your very helpful reply. It sounds like the baby may have had distemper as that produces neurological symptoms.
Since the poor baby has dies it is possible to test him for rabies antibodies.
If you gave him CPR and his saliva got on you, I would NOT take a change. Rabies shots are no longer painful to humans. Since you take care of ferals, I would take the rabies vaccine to err on the side of caution.
Rabies is a fatal disease so I would not take any chances of contracting it.
Many vets and techs take the vaccine prophylactically.
Please let me know if you wish to discuss this further.
I hope all will be well.