Steps To Take If Exposed to Infected Feline Saliva
If the cat is confined after exposure:
Clean out the wound thoroughly and seek immediate medical attention. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to prevent common bacterial infections (which are easily caused by cat bites and can be serious), and may recommend other treatment as well. If the cat is confined, it is usually not necessarily to immediately start on a course of rabies prophylaxis, although your decision should be made in consultation with your medical doctor. In many cases it is sufficient to quarantine the cat, keeping him away from the other animals or people for 10 days.
If the cat dies or shows signs of ill health or rabid behavior during the 10 day quarantine, contact a public health official or veterinarian to see if further testing is required. If you are uncertain whether the cat is showing symptoms, consult with public health officials or a veterinarian and do not determine on your own whether further testing is needed. Further testing will require euthanasia if the cat is alive. If the tests show the animal has rabies, the treatment for possible exposure of rabies is normally required. Consult your medical doctor in making this decision. If the cat remains healthy for the 10 day quarantine, the cat was not shedding the rabies virus at the time of exposure, and no treatment of the person exposed to rabies is required.