The cat, described as orange with white feet, was discovered and sparks was found to have rabies after subsequent tests, according to a Baltimore County new release.
Cats are required to be permitted and not allowed to be loose, according to a county news release.
The County issued the following rabies prevention tips:
Rabies Prevention Tips
· Everyone should consider the risk of rabies and other diseases before taking in or interacting with any animal, especially if their home contains children, persons with certain illnesses, elderly, or other pets.
· Persons considering adopting stray or feral cats should speak with a veterinarian for guidance. Contact your doctor and the local health department if you are bitten or scratched by a stray or feral cat.
· Since rabies remains uncontrolled in the wild, avoid contact with wildlife as well as stray or feral animals, especially if they appear to be sick. There is no risk-free contact with these animals with regard to physical injury, rabies and other diseases.
· Do not provide food, water or shelter to wildlife or strays. For pets that are fed outdoors, do not leave food or water bowls out for extended periods, especially overnight. Contain garbage in tightly covered containers.
· Keep your pet’s rabies vaccinations up-to-date. Do not allow pets (even cats) to freely roam the neighborhood.
For information on getting your pet micro-chipped, licensed, and vaccinated against rabies, call 410-887-PAWS (7297)