For cat lovers, whether it’s their own cat owner or a cute cat they happen to meet outside, sometimes it’s hard to resist the urge to interact with it.
It’s fun to suck on a cat, but getting scratched accidentally makes people nervous.
Do I need to get a rabies vaccination if I get scratched by a cat?
It is recommended unless you can rule out the possibility of rabies in cats.
However, there is no need to be overly nervous and anxious. Generally speaking, the risk of contracting rabies from an animal scratch is extremely low, and cats are not at high risk for rabies.
In theory, the virus is only present in the saliva of cats that have developed rabies, and the rabies virus does not exist on a cat’s paw unless it has just licked its paw and has fresh saliva on its paw.
After being scratched by a cat, the wound needs to be treated in a standardized manner. This can be done first as an emergency treatment.
As soon as possible after the injury, wash each of the scratched wounds alternately with soapy water, or another weak alkaline cleanser, and running water under some pressure for at least 15 minutes.
After thorough rinsing, distinctively coat or disinfect the interior of the wound with dilute iodophor (0.025% to 0.05% concentration), benzalkonium chloride (0.005% to 0.01% concentration), or other skin mucosal disinfectant with viral inactivation potency.
It is vital to clean and disinfect the wound at the first opportunity. Then promptly seek medical attention to determine the condition of the wound by a professional physician and determine the subsequent treatment plan.
If it is a bite or scratch by a domestic cat or a cat whose health status can be continuously observed, you can carry out post-exposure prophylaxis disposal according to the plan specifications while observing its health status.
If it is still healthy and alive after ten days, you can consider terminating the subsequent incomplete vaccination. This method is also called the “ten-day observation method” and is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective method.