This month a cat in Birmingham, Michigan has tested positive for the Rabies virus. The Oakland County Health division is urging area residents to have their pets vaccinated for Rabies as well as staying away from bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes, and stray cats and dogs. The Birmingham area now has positive tests on 4 bats, 11 skunks and one domestic cat. This is an incredibly large number of positives. County officials are also urging pet owners to keep pets indoors, supervise them when outside, and leash walk them only. Outdoor cats have a far greater chance than dogs and inside cats of encountering a wild animal that could be sick or aggressive. Keeping cats inside is the best way to ensure continued safety.
Anyone who is bitten by a wild or strange animal should wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and water and seek medical attention immediately.