A domestic cat tested positive for rabies after attacking its owner on Wednesday.
The unvaccinated cat lives on Ridge Road in Davidson County, according to a Davidson County Health Department press release. After the attack, the cat was tested for rabies and on Friday the health department learned the test was positive.
The owner of the cat will receive medical attention after the attack. The health department said several other cats are living in the residence and their vaccination status is currently unknown.
This case of rabies comes weeks after a skunk tested positive for rabies in northern Denton. The skunk had an argument with two domestic dogs, and both dogs were vaccinated and given boosters after the attack.
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In North Carolina, domestic dogs, cats, and ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies at four months of age and receive regular booster vaccinations.
The health department warns that people should be wary of wildlife and consult a veterinarian if a pet comes into contact with a wild animal.
Animal control can be reached at 336-249-0131.
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