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My mom was bitten by our pet cat on 10th September. Her skin was broken, there was a little blood. The bite was unprovoked, she believes the cat was being playful. We observed the cat for the next 10 days, he was in perfect health. After the 13th day however, the cat didn't come home. I'm worried for mom also thinking if cat went looking for a mate due to his age, so just a coincidence.

The cat: Male, about 18 months old, mostly an indoor cat, might stay out about 1-2 days, but always returns home. Healthy cat with no health problems & no external bite or scratch marks was observed on him until he went missing.
Cat ARV history: Full anti-rabies course (3 consecutive doses) was given when he was about 4 months old. Annual vaccine was due this July 20th, But, missed the date & actually gave the vaccine on 23rd August (33 days late). The Vet said the delay wasn't worrying, so only one shot was given. Cat bit my mom 18 days after ARV was given to the cat.

Should we be worried for my mom?


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replied October 10th, 2018
Infectious Diseases Answer A64456
Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If your cat was vaccinated and has also received booster dose of the vaccine, you need not worry about probability of rabies. Look out for development of any new symptoms. For further clarification, consider discussing your doctor/infectious disease specialist.
Take care.


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