5.4.11. Should cats be vaccinated?

Although cats are not the target species for vaccination in terms of controlling or eliminating canine rabies, they are an important source of infection for humans in many areas, and vaccination of cats is recommended for reducing the human rabies risk. It is suggested that during campaigns that owners be advised to bring cats for vaccination, but limited resources should not be used for house-to-house or stray cat vaccination. Once rabies is controlled in the dog population, the canine rabies virus will also disappear in cats.

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