Hello! I have not posted in such a long time. In fact it has been about a year and a half since I posted. I got a little kitten and knew nothing about how to raise and everybody here was most helpful! Now my "little" baby is a huge adult cat weighing 10+ lbs! Anyway...here is my issue now. The other day my Dad found a small kitten in the weeds crying and he brought it in. To make a long story short, my cat hissed and scared it and it hid and I reached to pick it up and it bit or scratched my finger. Then later that day I read in the newspaper that there have been SEVERAL cases of rabies in my county and the last confirmed case was found in a cat. This made me panic and I called the doctor and he told me since I know nothing of the cat, or where it came from that I should have the rabies vaccinations to be safe. So I am receiving those. I am not a wealthy individual by any means and this hospital bill is going to cost me $5,000 because I have no insurance...ANYWAY I had taken the kitten back outside and put it where it was found but later I found it again and put it in a box and fed it. I talked to the vet and she told me I can pay $150 to have the kitten put to sleep and sent away to be tested for rabies. I don't need another bill on top of this. So she told me I can "quarantine" the kitten for 10 days and if after 10 days it still appears to be healthy it more than likely does not have rabies. The kitten does not act at all sick and it has a very healthy appetite. Its eyes and ears are extremely clean. It's eyes are a clear and blue and it responds well to attention. But then the vet tells me on the other hand an animal can be a carrier or rabies and not get sick. How do I know if this animal is a carrier or rabies???! She told me if it needs to be handled I am to do it since I am receiving the rabies vaccinations. If I decided I wanted to keep this kitten, and it was a carrier or rabies, would it's first rabies vaccination destroy the rabies? Does anybody know anything about this? I am getting attached to this little bugger even though it isn't even in the house!!! He is so cute and you only have to TOUCH him and he purrs like a little motor boat! I do not know the age of this kitten, but he has teeth, his ears stand up, his eyes are blue and he can eat solid food and go to the bathroom himself, he can also walk and run. I am thinking he is maybe 6-7 weeks old? He ate like he was starving to death when I found him. The first night he was in his box he ate almost an entire can 5 oz can of cat food!! He now drinks milk and eats canned meat and some dry food on his own.
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10/17/06 at 7:31pm