Rabid Cat Found In Pitt County; Bites Caregiver

A rabid cat has been discovered in Pitt County.

Two weeks ago a badly bruised cat was found in the Forlines Road/Frog Level area. The cat was treated and released to the caregiver.

On Friday the cat began to exhibit unusual and aggressive behavior and bit the person caring for it.

The cat has tested positive for rabies, and the county says that person will have to undergo treatment.

It's the first rabid animal found in Pitt County since August 2007 when a fox was discovered. The last time a rabid cat was found happened back in 1996.


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  • by anonymous Location: georgia on Apr 17, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    Ya'll need to check out the website on the cat with rabies. www.downeastrehabilitation.com. it is gross
  • by Allison Location: Washington, NC on Apr 17, 2009 at 01:51 AM
    Linda, I know about the cats downtown, it's ridiculous. I'm pretty sure they are wild cats and they just keep reproducing. It's sad, but if they are caught they will most likely put them all down because they aren't use to humans. The restaurants downtown use to feed them scraps/leftovers & I've left cat food out some, so I think they eat well. Just wish they could get some vet care and loving homes!
  • by obxpetlvr Location: Kill Devil Hills on Apr 16, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    Generally when someone finds a "stray" cat or dog and brings it in to the vet, one of the 1st things the clinic will do is give it a rabies shot unless the animal is wearing a valid rabies tag. Seems to me there is more to this story.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 16, 2009 at 05:21 AM
    If there is a stray cat problem call Animal control in your area to have them picked up. It is not worth the risk to let them stay around unless you are going to trap s/n, vaccinate against rabies and release. And if someone is feeding them, they are not stary's they have an owner and it is up to that owner to make sure they are vaccinated against rabies.
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 15, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    Taxed enough.. the only one who is saying that is you... are you a liberal? ...And no matter what party you belong to.. who would say," let a rabid cat loose?" ..You sound like you have rabies... maybe you need to be tested!
  • by Protect your pets on Apr 15, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    RABIES CLINIC BEAUFORT COUNTY April 18, 2009 The cost of each vaccination in $5.00. Times and locations: Belhaven, Behind Town Hall, 9 am to 10 am Washington, Beaufort County Animal Shelter 10:30 am to 12 noon. Chocowinity, D&H Home and Garden, 26 Maple Ct. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Aurora Public Works, beside Police Dept., 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm For your pet to be eligible for a three years rabies shot you must bring your last certificate of rabies vaccination with you to the clinic of your choice.
  • by Linda Location: washington on Apr 15, 2009 at 04:09 PM
    Does anyone know why there are so many stray cats roaming the streets of downtown washington ? They are everywhere. Is it possible that one of these wild cats could also have rabies? ( unrelated to the Greenville cat, of course!)
  • by west forlines Location: winterville on Apr 15, 2009 at 03:26 PM
    I live near this intersection of Forlines and Froglevel Rd and there are several feral cats who live in the area. I doubt this will be the last rabies case in Pitt County this summer. Pet owners, get your pets' rabies vaccinations up to date !!!!
  • by Taxed enough Location: New Bern on Apr 15, 2009 at 03:18 PM
    The liberals would say, poor pittiful kitty, he didn't mean it, he needed more love and opportunities. Let him go, give him free vet care and we all should just turn our head since he is afflicted. What's a little rabies going to harm??? Go tea parties.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    An animal can only be tested for rabies after it is dead. There is no rabies test for live animals.
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