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I just can't win.

The vet called this morning. It seems that the nurse that packet bit yesterday had a doctor's appointment last night. The doctor saw the bite, and asked, and one thing led to another, and now I have to take packet to the vet to be quarantined for 10 days, because I had let her rabies shot lapse.

I know. I'm a moron. In my defense, if packet ever went outdoors or ever interacted with other animals, I would have been more diligent about keeping her shots up to date. But she doesn't, on either count, and so I didn't.


The nurse did, however, do a very nice thing for me and lie to her doctor and say that packet was already at the vet's, because otherwise, they were going to come seize packet at home last night. It seems there's a state investigation on its way, too.

And did I mention, DAMNIT?
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They usually want to make sure that the animal in question hasn't gotten out and bit anything else, and that it's being properly cared-for otherwise.

Should be fine, really, just a "the cat lives in the house and is ALWAYS that cranky" thing. They're not going to come try to put packet down or anything.
Good grief!
Don't you agree there are more important things for the government to spend $$ on then investigating the rabies threat of an antisocial reclusive cat/
Re: Good grief!
Given that rabies is an effectively guaranteed fatal disease, and provides arguably one of the worst ways to die around, and is relatively easily transmitted, I'd say that quarantine is a reasonable response.

Unreasonable would be to perform a rabies test on Packet -- which would require killing the cat.
Re: Good grief!
Yes, rabies is a terrible disease that should be irradicated. Being from Hawaii, the disease was not as much of a concern as on the "mainland" because of a successful quanrantine program.

Therefore, while I agree that quarantine is necessary to prevent a true threat of the disease, it is difficult to see the rationale of quarantine of a cat that is admidtly less than "social" who has been in the case of a vet/hospitalized for almost a week.


Re: Good grief!
My dog killed a demonstrably rabid skunk (I brought the dead skunk in for testing, it came back positive). She didn't bite anyone, but may have been bitten. She was put under house arrest for six weeks -- she could only go outside under direct human supervision; otherwise, she was to be indoors. Packet actually bit someone, though had not had a known contact with a rabid animal; veterinary quarantine still seems reasonable to me. The short time makes me wonder, though. Presumably an animal that is actively biting would already be showing other signs of rabies if it was rabid. Usually rabies has a gestation time of 3-6 weeks, sometimes as long as a year.