I, like many others on this forum, struggle with a fear of rabies on and off. Mine all started when I was giving one of my cats medication and it bit me (because I stuck my finger down its throat). My cats are strictly indoors, and have never left the house, so for a long time I didn't have them vaccinated for rabies. When I got bitten by one of them, I automatically feared the worst because they hadn't been vaccinated. After I was bitten, I called the CDC and they told me about the 10 day quarantine rule:
As the rabies virus multiplies in the brain, it travels to the saliva of the animal. At this time your pet is able to spread the disease. Research has shown that once the rabies virus is in the saliva of your pet, the animal
will be sick, show signs of rabies, or die within 10 days. Therefore if your animal remains entirely well for 10 days, the rabies virus was not in the saliva at the time of the bite or scratch. There would be no risk to the
So, after 10 days of my cat showing no signs of illness, I got over my fear. Also, about a week ago I finally got my cat vaccinated, just to be safe.
Well, last night I found a large lump on my cat's back and I'm super worried that it's some kind of animal bite. Even though they don't go outside, could it be a mouse or rat that I don't know is in my apartment? Does anyone know how likely it is for mice or rats to carry the virus? I live in Portland, OR, so I'm in the city and not the wilderness or anything. I don't know what the risk of rabies is where I live or how to find out, but now I'm worried my cat somehow contracted the virus and my HA is making me super freaked out!
It's so frustrating cuz I've actually been doing really well with my anxiety recently (practicing CBT and mindfulness), and the only phobia I really still struggle with is my fear of anaphylactic shock. I thought I was completely over my fear of rabies and now its back! Does anyone here know if I'm at risk based on the events I wrote about in this post?