Q. Do cats transmit rabies infection to humans?

Answered by
Dr. Janrao Smit Uttam
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 22, 2017

Hi doctor,

Can rabies transmission occur from cats to humans? If the suspected cat is alive for more than 10 days, is there any chance of infection?



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Yes, rabies could be transmitted from cats to humans. The maximum incubation period for this infection is 10 days. So, till that the animal should be observed. If you can describe your wound and its depth, the treatment can be decided.

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Thank you doctor,

I do not have a cut or a scratch mark. The cat is healthy even after 10 days. Why is there a 10-days observation period? Is there any logic behind it?



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  • It is good that there is no cut or a scratch mark.
  • The period up to which the patient can get infected from the animal is 10 days. For example, if a human was bitten by a cat five days back, some patients will have the symptoms within two days, and in some, it appears utmost on the 10th day. So, it is set as the maximum safe period.

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