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A cat way overdue for rabies booster bites someone. The cat is on 10 day quarentine but recieved it’s rabies vaccine from vet on day 1 of quarantine. Cat appears healthy but is an indoor/ outdoor cat. Does the fact that the vet gave the cat the vaccine skew the quarantine results? 

Explain:  we have an indoor outdoor cat and live in a very fairly  rural area.  When the cat was a kitten I thought it had its three-year rabies vaccine but found out today through records that it was actually for only one year. While I was getting the cat in the car for the vet he got a little scared , As he never rides in the car and he nipped at my daughter. There is a bite mark on her skin but it is very superficial only breaking the top layer of skin she didn’t say owl and it didn’t bleed. I explain this to the vet and we realize that the vaccination was outdated the vet basically said to keep the cat quarantined in our house for 10 days and call my daughters pediatrician who basically said the same thing my concern is that the fact that the vet gave the cat a booster vaccine that it could skew the results and if the cat does have rabies incubating it will not display symptoms due to the vaccination and we will never know that it had rabies.

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A booster vaccine wouldn’t change whether or not the cat displays rabies symptoms. Just like a flu vaccine given once someone has the flu won’t help them recover. 

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I went through something similar witha stray dog we took it. The vet was very clear if nothing happened to the dog in 14 days we were good to go. If the dog did show symptoms, we still had adequate time to get s human vaccine. That said, rabies is still quite rare, even in most wild animal populations. 

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