Interaction with rabid (presumably) feline

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  1. Schattenreiter

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    Wasn't criticizing your choice to take the cat out just suggesting you might wanna keep it to yourself next time is all.
     
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    NC does not test for rabies unless there is direct human-animal contact. In this instance when the OP picked up the cat there was contact. Not to bright dude. Never, ever pick up an animal that you may think is "sick". One small scratch, bite, or possible exchange of bodily fluids (saliva) and you will have to be treated. The reason they do not test is that it is assumed that rabies is out there and is a naturally occurring disease. Distemper is also present, far more common, and is indistinguishable from rabies. Hence, the need for testing of brain tissues if there is human contact.

    Farmers only need a depredation permit to take wildlife such as deer if they plan on keeping the animal. They can shoot wildlife anytime "in the act of depredation" without a permit but cannot possess it. They call that the "lay law". It has to lay where you shot it. The permit allows them to possess the animal for food, donate it to charity or even give it to friends and family.

    All birds except house sparrows, pigeons, starlings, and mute swans are fully protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This was an international treaty signed by the US, Canada, and Mexico nearly 100 years ago. So, if you shoot a bird not on the list you are technically in violation of international law. Migratory bird hunting seasons (primarily waterfowl) are set by the three nations each year. In the US, the Dept of Interior, USFWS has primary responsibility for enforcing the Act. Get caught by a federal game warden and you will quickly learn the cost of violating international law. :eek::D
     
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  4. Schattenreiter

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    That's for sure. I used to work with a guy a long time ago who got caught shooting ducks (don't remember exactly what the charge was) and was ticketed. When he went to a lawyer he told him "Son I could have gotten you off easier if you had shot the game warden.".
     
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  6. Ikarus1

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    What's the difference between shooting a feral cat in a rural area of the county, and shooting a bobcat in a rural area of the county? Zilch.

    Personally I would have seen if the cat left on his own, but yeah you got little kids and the blessing of the in-laws = dead cat every time. Hell I took in a feral and I still feellike snapping her neck every once in a while ;)
    But after getting fixed, and a year or 2 in the house with our dachshund she is a pretty loving if not demanding little cuss named Shadow - black as midnight with electric green eyes so maybe someone's MIL reborn? :D

    Anyhow I would SSS and not feel a twinge of guilt. It's an animal, it has no owner, they're almost to the point of nuisance animals, and I believe after Noah, the Creator told him that ALL animals could serve as food (and I am juxtaposing ALL legitimate authority over animals) to man.
     
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    What's done is done, but I'm pretty sure a rabid cat would not have let you turn him over with a stick to check out his balls.
     
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    Depends on how far advanced the disease is. Later stages as the paralysis starts to set in they aren't moving much unless highly provoked (picking it up), and at the end stages they're barely breathing. I put down a raccoon back in hunting season that was in the barely breathing camp.
     
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    So recently there have been 2 more rabid animals in the same few square miles as your MIL..this one attacked a woman and her dogs and made the news right down the street. I've also heard of a few more weird acting animals on Nextdoor locally.

    https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article230811844.html

    Public Notice:
    Rabid or strange acting feral people and animals will not get harbored in Midland
     
  10. RetiredUSNChief

    RetiredUSNChief Get over it, snowflake. Charter Life Member

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    My only comment here is if you THOUGHT the critter MIGHT have been rabid, then you had no business potentially exposing yourself to contact with the animal, whatsoever.

    Gloves or no.

    Either take care of the animal remotely or call animal control. Or, maybe, trap it without endangering yourself.
     
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    Rabies treatments can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 and up if you have no insurance.
     
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    Well, I love cats myself. Serious cat lover.

    But I'd pop one right in the dome without hesitation if I had any doubts. Even healthy feral cats can become a real problem.
    I enjoy all natures animals and have never enjoyed shooting them really. But some have to die for various reasons including steak and BBQ, the safety of your flock as well as other animals in nature. No reason to wring hands over it too much. Mans gotta do what a mans gotta do!
     
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    We discovered last night that some idiot animal lovers are feeding wild foxes at the remote end of the Walmart parking lot next to the septic field in Locust. My wife said she thought she saw a coyote crossing Red Bridge boulevard....went to investigate and there was a red fox eating a plate of cat food.....and dozens of other plates strewn across the ground told me some peta activist really doesn't understand nature....or littering
     
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    I see what you did there!
     
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    Do you have a clear shot of the area?

    Maybe build a hide and wait for the feeders.......
     
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    Same thing happened only worse at a building I was working at a couple years ago. "Animal Lovers" were putting out food for the feral cats back by the dumpsters. There was a hole in the wall where a pipe used to enter the warehouse portion of the building and the cats were coming into the warehouse through the hole to live. We figured it out when the ammonia and shit smell got strong enough. The section was walled off with plywood that you could get on a platform above. Plugged the hole and a couple guys with pellet rifles and clean head shots made quick work of them.
     
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    As has been said, they won't test an animal unless there is contact. Importantly, if someone is bitten or scratched, NO HEADSHOTS or you are getting the rabies treatment.
     
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    My wife's baby bunny got a bloody nose trying to evade a neighborhood cat. The bunny was in a pen on the ground in our fenced in backyard, the cat was circling it.

    My wife chased away the cat. She saw the bloody nose and asked, "Don't you have a suppressor?" I told her I have several. She said, "Kill that cat!" I chuckled.

    She's calmed down now. No cats were harmed.
     
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    Years ago my parents started feeding a feral cat. They thought it was cute and kind. Well one became a dozen and they kept feeding them. It only stopped when the cats got up in my dad’s truck and chewed the wiring resulting in s $1,000 plus repair.
     
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    I had to temper my inner @concepthomes1 this weekend. It would seem our inside-outside kitty Shadow has a 'suitor'. He didn't show me his testicles and in fact he's skittish as can be. He keeps hanging around but he ain't acting funny, just
    a regular skinny ol Tomcat. I hate to break it to him, but Shadow is fixed so I guess he can practice all he wants but their aint gonna be no offspring. And I'm pretty sure she doesn't go into heat anymore.

    If he pisses me off by spraying my garden then he's a dead cat.
     
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    You should have kept it. I can show you how to make the best coyote call ever out of a cat.
     
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    We parked out beside the mini mart dumpsters the other night and put my coyote call on "feral cat fight" lol hilarity ensued. We had 5 cats surround the truck immediatly. They were all bowed up and sidewalking. We laughed until I accidentally hit the ki-yi button and they scattered and some lady come running around the corner to save the hurt dog. lol
     
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