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Watch out for rabid cats

October 21, 2010

The Rhode Island Department of Health says a stray cat near Coventry has tested positive for rabies.

The calico cat was spotted near route 102 (also known as Victory highway) near Coventry and West Greenwich.  Health officials have already caught two of the cat’s three kittens and will test them for rabies.

The cat reportedly attacked pets and humans on Wednesday.  The  Department of Health offers these tips for avoiding rabid animals-

  • If you have been exposed to or been bitten by a stray cat or any other animal, contact HEALTH at 222-2577 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) or 272-5952 after hours. HEALTH is the only agency that can authorize the release of rabies vaccine.
  • Do not feed or handle any stray or wild animal.
  • Cover and secure any garbage that is outside. Trash can be a food source for stray or wild animals.
  • Make sure your pet(s) are up to date on their rabies vaccination.
  • If you think your pet may have been exposed to or bitten by one of these cats, contact your veterinarian and your city or town’s animal control officer.
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