When cats were domesticated, they were meant to scare off the rodents that threatened the grains gathered by farmers. Now, most of the pet felines are treated like family members. However, they seem not to forget that the humans don’t have their acute senses and are in need of protection more than they think. This is the case of an Illinois family that was saved from a bat with rabies by their pet cat.
Last Thursday, the Cucci family members were sound asleep in their Arlington Heights home when their cat seems to refuse to let them sleep.
Wilson, the pet feline hero, was making a lot of noise by jumping up the blinds in the bedroom of the parents. After convincing themselves that the cat was not just overly active, but was actually hunting for something, Julianna Cucci’s husband decided to investigate the matter.
When he climbed out of bed and turned on the lights, he realized that Wilson was trying to alert them to the presence of a bat. The man then immediately told his wife to take the cat and leave the bedroom.
He then proceeded to capture the wild animal in order to get it to a veterinarian office to get it tested for rabies. According to the wife, the sounds of the struggle were horrifying to witness.
“My husband had the light on and was swinging the pillow wildly in the air. It sounded like the bat had taken on a human form and was arm wrestling my husband in the room. There were things banging into walls,” Cucci declared.
After the animal had been contained, the woman called Animal Control. Upon testing, they realized that the family cat protected them from a bat with rabies.
All of the family members received booster shots in order to prevent a possible contamination. While the disease rarely occurs in humans, when it does, the mortality rates are very high.
Experts recommend that all pet animals are kept indoors or on a leash this season and that they have their vaccines up to date. The number of rabies-infected bats in Illinois has risen, giving the authorities a new reason to be concerned.
Animal Control advises individuals to stay away from wild animals; especially those that seem willing to let people touch them.
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