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Cat bites can cause health risks because cat bites with infections can not only be painful but can also cause red and swollen skin. When cat bite infections are left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and causes a condition called septicemia, which requires hospitalization.

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I stroked a stray cat. Will I get rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, Is it possible to get rabies from patting a stray cat and then eating without washing hands? The cat's fur was not moist or wet nor was the cat being aggressive. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Rabies does not spread that way. There is absolutely no chance to get rabies that way. Generally, it is the bite from a rabid dog or a cat that causes rabies since rabies virus is present in saliva.   Read Full »

I had a cat bite 8 months ago. Is it Rabies?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I was bitten by a stray cat eight months back. I do not know if it landed its fangs on my finger but I noticed a very small dot sized wound on my finger. I have received three PEP regimens and the last regimen was six years back. I did not receive the last shot on that year but...  Read Full »

Dr. M. A. Toyeb, Nazma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read through your question and would like to tell you that the chances of getting rabies from a cat bite are very less. And since you have received a regime of anti-rabies it erases the chances of getting rabies. The muscle twitches you are experiencing may be...  Read Full »

Do I have to take a rabies vaccine again after a cat scratch if I have already taken four rabies shots recently?

Query: Hello doctor,I had four rabies shots recently because of a cat scratch. Today a cat playfully bit me near the knee. There was no blood, no wound just a slight bump on the skin and slight marks of her teeth. Should I get another rabies shot or is it alright? The cat is from my neighborhood and is not...  Read Full »

Dr. Vedprakash Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you are in a vaccination period of under one-month duration of the last vaccine shot then no requirement for another vaccination. But if you have crossed this period then you need post-exposure prophylaxis which means three more shots may be required. Thank ...  Read Full »

I am eight months pregnant and missed my second dose of vaccination after a scratch from a stray cat. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am eight months pregnant. I got a scratch from a stray cat and the cat died a few days after the incident. I had bleeding from the wound. I completed my pre-exposure anti-rabies vaccine 12 years back and took 3 doses of post-exposure anti-rabies two and half years before. I have star...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to At the outset, let me commend you on being aware and taking both pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis ( PEP). This already provides you with optimum protection and obviates the need for any rabies Immunoglobulin (RIG), often given in additio...  Read Full »

What should I do if I am bitten by a stray cat?

Query: Hello doctor, I have just got bitten by a stray cat and accidentally it scratched. It is a very light scratch and a dot-like blood clot has occurred on my palm. I have already washed it and have applied Dettol on it. Is there any kind of risk? What should I do? Have I got any chances of infection?  Read Full »

Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You should clean the wound no matter how small the skin has cuts. There can be many germs and bacteria in the mouths of animals. Cleaning will reduce the chance of infection. If the wound is small, you can clean it yourself. Just use ordinary tap water. Let it bleed ...  Read Full »

A cat bit me last evening, and I am wondering if I can take the rabies vaccine for it. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I know the rabies vaccine is for dog bites, and dog bites are scarier but do I need a rabies vaccine for cat bites? A stray cat and I got into a fight last evening, and she happened to scratch me on my hands and bit me slightly on my leg. I can still see a spot on my leg. Should I take rab...  Read Full »

Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would suggest you to first clean the wound with soap and water and, if available, with povidone-iodine afterward. Rabies vaccines are for both dog and cat bites and scratches. The same rabies vaccine needs to be taken as per the schedule below 1) If you are previousl...  Read Full »

I was bitten by my pet cat. Should I take the rabies vaccine?

Query: Hello doctor, I was bitten by my cat and had a small cut on my finger. I washed it with running water and soap and applied Povidone-iodine antiseptic on it. I was vaccinated with an anti-rabies shot about six months ago, but my cat is not vaccinated yet. Should I go to the hospital and get another ...  Read Full »

Dr. Arpit Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You did a good thing by washing the cut with soap and running water. This has decreased your chances of getting infected by 90%. But now, for the remaining 10%, I suggest you take a booster dose of the anti-rabies vaccine as you were vaccinat...  Read Full »

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