Cats, Not Dogs, The Biggest Rabies Threat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If the word “rabies” makes you think of dogs, you might want to think again.

A public health journal finds free-roaming cats are causing big problems around the country.

In 2010, 62 percent of all rabies cases in domestic animals were found in cats. But what about St. Louis?

“The state of Missouri, currently, from January through August of this year, has not had any incidents of any feline rabies, which the study suggested is on the rise nationwide,” veterinarian Dr. Travis Arndt said.

He adds that the primary sources of rabies in Missouri remain bats, skunks, and squirrels. But he says more and more owners are forgoing regular vet care for their cats and then letting them roam outside, putting their cats at risk of picking up parasites.

Dr. Arndt says his office does spay and neuter feral cats for the Humane Society’s, “Trap, Neuter and Release” program, as a way to control the local feral cat population.

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