3 months ago I was bitten by a 2 month old feral kitten After 2 weeks I feel an itching or tingling sensation in the wound and started an antirabies shot The wound still hurts and is stiff Is it possible to have

No way to answer your question. Your story is confused,. You “started an anti-rabies shot.” A large number of people who start but do not finish the rabies series will die. The relevant date is when you finish your rabies series. Nobody dies who has gotten all the way through.

People who are exposed to rabies and do not get treatment will die eventually. The incubation period ends, for the most people, sometime between the second and third month. However, the longest period for incubation was 27 years. Researchers are still trying to figure out where the virus hides out for these long-term incubations, but nobody can say that the rabies virus has a “use before” date stamp built in. It is never too late to get vaccinated as long as you are not yet rabid, so if you didn’t finish your series of four vaccine shots (or five in places that use a different sort of vaccine), then go back and get those last couple of shots.

It is not possible to have rabies symptoms for three months. Nobody survives for longer than ten days who has started to have rabies virus in their saliva. Obvious symptoms occur a couple of days later, so in that kind of case they will die in fewer than ten days since those symptoms appear. The same applies to cats. If you see the cat that bit you ten or more days later, then it didn’t die because it didn’t have rabies when it bit you.

Cat bites, especially if they go into the little gap where a joint is, can be very bad news because of non-rabies microbes in their mouths. You will need shots for that problem. If infection develops it will be extremely difficult to treat.

You won’t get a diagnosis for your current symptoms via Quora, and you may very well get well-intentioned but bad advice. You should take your problem to an MD and get a real answer.

(The following examples of rabies are heartbreaking to watch, so, be aware.)


The symptoms of rabies do not stop at soreness at an injury site.

A two month old kitten doesn’t have much pressure in its jaws so I’m assuming you didn’t have any muscle tearing but, punctures are the slowest healing.

Cat bites are amongst the worst of animal bites because cats have hooked teeth.

Punctures heal by “granulation”. That means that it heals from the inside, out. You could have stiffness for several months if it caught the area between finger joints but that’s normal.

I want you to see this so that you understand that rabid animals are obviously extremely sick animals.

You would know it within seconds of watching the animal if it had rabies.

Something as young as eight weeks would have to have been attacked by a rabid animal in order for it to develop rabies. (Cats are not a vector species so, they don’t carry rabies without developing it, if they get bitten by a rabid animal, they will develop rabies.)

If an 8 week old kitten was attacked by something rabid, it most likely would not have survived the attack.

Read the description in this first video. The man was trying to do something good for a feral cat colony by trapping them and having them spayed but, the orange cat which is obviously unbalanced, shaking and indecisive, turned out to have full blown rabies and the black one was in the beginning of the “freak out” stage. Apparently, it was attacking all the other cats.

Both cats had to be euthanized.

This is what rabies looks like in raccoons. (Also, keep in mind that these are animals that would not normally be seen by humans. Animals with rabies lose their ability to feed themselves so they go to where food is easily scavenged and that is generally where people are. This is how rabies moves out of the woods into the suburbs.)

The woman videoing this animal has not got the proper instincts. It’s frightening.

This animal obviously has full-blown wild rabies. It cannot focus its eyes, it cannot balance itself, it moves very slowly and jerkily and it is foaming at the mouth.

Her first instinct was that it had been shot. Animals who are shot act entirely differently. They have their wits about them.

Animals with rabies display blatant signs of rabies.

Whether it be the half bay, half scream of domestic dogs, the unfocused eyes, severe trembling, off balance, inability to walk, the gnashing of teeth, constant panting, foaming at the mouth, hiding in dark, cramped places while attacking anything that gets near them, it’s easily observed.

This is the result of a healthy, pet dog 20 days after being bitten by a rabid dog.

Rabid animals are obviously dangerous and pitiful in the extreme.

Rabid deer

(In putting this response together, I am even more concerned then ever for human beings. Can deer get drunk? Absolutely but, they have to be in fields or orchards with rotting fruit.

This animal, like all the others, is suffering tremendously.)

Because I live where I live, I know I will encounter rabid animals from time to time. I keep a firearm in my truck for this exact reason.

Yes, humans can get rabies but, when you’re bitten by a rabid animal, when you are in contact with a rabid animal, you know with every fiber of your being that the animal is very sick and very dangerous.

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3 months ago I was bitten by a 2 month old feral kitten. After 2 weeks, feel itching or tingling in the wound and start antirabies shot. Wound still hurts and is stiff. Is it possible to have rabies symptoms for 3 months?

You note that you have had the rabies vaccine. You should be okay as far as rabies is concerned.

One does not have rabies onset symptoms for three months. Once the symptoms appear, one has about ten days (or less) to live.

It’s possible you do have an infection of some sort. Cat scratch fever can be the culprit, as well as several other kinds of bacterial-based infections.

See a healthcare professional for follow up.

BTW, the kitten probably did not have rabies. Rabies must be transmitted from a rabid animal to another animal, usually through bites/attacks. If the kitten was infected with the rabies, it would have probably been younger than 4 or 5 weeks when attacked for it to have developed onset rabies that could be spread. Most kittens or puppies of that age would have been killed by such an attack as they would be too tiny to have survived.

The rabies.travels to the brain via the nerves and can take several months to do so.

It is quite possible to contract rabies from puppies or kittens. I always thought

anti-rabies injections of vaccine after a bite involved a course of injections not a single shot.That is for prophylaxis.

As rabies is usually a fatal disease and a painful one you should not be wasting time asking questions on the internet but actively pursuing effective treatment. Good luck with your health. When I was 12 I had a rabid dog try to bite me. That was in China in 1943. I held a stick out and the dog bit the stick.

3 months ago, I was bitten by a 2 month old feral kitten. After 2 weeks, I feel an itching or tingling sensation in the wound and started an antirabies shot. The wound still hurts and is stiff. Is it possible to have rabies symptoms for 3 months?

To be blunt (and hopefully, let you relax a bit), if you had rabies symptoms for 3 months, you’d probably be dead by now. Once rabies symptoms present, you have a 100% chance of dying within 7–10 days.

Now, to answer your question. We don’t have any information about you, and no one with actual expertise in your symptoms will ethically or morally give you an answer. Your symptoms can be anything from very serious (an infection) to nothing (healing effect).

You need to visit your physician, not ask this on Quora, where the quality of answers range from dangerous to high quality.

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Rabies is only contagious after it has reached the brain, death follows in about 10 days.

In humans depending on the bite site location the virus can take between 3–12 months to reach the brain. Before it reaches the brain there are no symptoms. Three months is long enough for the wound to heal and you would have noticed infection long before. There are no wound site symptoms associated with rabies. Rabies shows no clinical signs and cannot be tested for until it reaches the brain. Once it does, there is no cure.

The idea of 2 month old kitten being in the final 10 days of a rabies infection is not logical. If a rabid animal had attacked the kitten it would have died.

You might have symptoms from the anti-rabies shot. It stimulates your immune system and can cause usually mild symptoms. You need to go back to your doctor as you could have an infection or even nerve damage.

Animal bites can carry unusual infections. I had a cat who had been declawed by a previous owner and they bite because they have no other defense. This was an indoor only cat and over the years he bit me twice when he went to the vet, and was under stress. Both times the bites became infected. Antibiotics cleared it up, but if a strictly indoor cat can do this with a bite, I wouldn’t take chances with a feral cat bite.

BTW, cats need to socialized as young kittens, and if this window is missed, they will never be very social. We have provided food and wintertime heat for feral cats. When the females had kittens we worked with a feral cat group to trap the mother and kittens, spay the mother, and find homes for the kittens. We released the mother cats back into our backyard, and fed them for years.

Rabies is a virus that affects neurological movements and brain function so unless you’re having mobility issues, muscle spasms, difficulty in swallowing, and/or excessive saliva production, you’re probably safe from rabies.

Having said that, cat bites are probably one of the worse for infection because cats have very sharp teeth ,which often harbor nasty forms of bacteria.

The itching and tingling sensation you describe could simply be the healing process. Don’t scratch or pick at the wound, keep it clean, and seek medical advice if you develop a fever or if the wound becomes infected, or inflamed.

Thousands of people world wide get bitten by kittens and survive, I suspect you will too.

After being bitten, most people who become ill will show symptoms within 3 to 5 days, but this can range anywhere from 1 to 14 days. Most Capnocytophaga infections usually occur with dog or cat bites. But some people who develop a Capnocytophaga infection have not been bitten. Although you can provide first aid for a dog bite at home, it’s very important to see a doctor, especially if an unfamiliar dog bit you, the bite is deep, you can’t stop the bleeding, or there are any signs of infection (redness, swelling, warmth, pus). Go to my Profile and you can find all about Cat and Kitten material there…

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It’s possible but very unlikely. If you had rabies you would be dead by now most likely. Cats are not common vectors for rabies. I believe there has never been a death from a cat bite in the United States. So your chances are pretty good. However there are a million reasons why there would be redness and itching. It’s probably either some sort of infection or some sort of inflammatory response. Go to a doctor and get it taken care of.

Rabies does not cause localized symptoms. The main symptoms are changes in ability to walk, talk, think properly, move, and other serious neurological problems that come on quickly and kill you just as quickly. A localized pain and stiffness indicates another problem, perhaps a deep seated infection, torn ligament or tendon, excessive scar tissue etc.

The first symptoms of rabies can appear from a few days to more than a year after the bite happens. At first, there’s a tingling, prickling, or itching feeling around the bite area. A person also might have flu-like symptoms such as a fever, headache, muscle aches, loss of appetite, nausea, and tiredness.

If bitten/sratched, a vaccinated person should receive two more doses of rabies vaccine; one dose immediately and one three days later.

Rabies vaccine works remarkably well. Studies indicate that if the vaccine is given immediately and appropriately to someone who was bitten by a rabid animal, it is 100 percent effective

If you are concerned, you should immediately see your physician.

This is not rabies. Rabies is a fatal, incurable disease. If you had been bitten by a rabid cat, you would either be dead or cured within three months. I think it’s very unlikely that this feral kitten had rabies.

I’m not sure what shot you had, or what diagnosis was made at the time you had your shot. I think you should return to whatever doctor it was that gave you the shot, and ask that doctor what is going on.

No once rabies symptoms appear you only have 10 days. What you were experiencing was just the wound healing itself and some possible nerve and tissue damage from the bite. I would however follow up with a Doctor to make sure there is no infection.

Rabies is not a skin or wound infection or soreness. No, you don’t have symptoms of rabies and once you get symptoms you die in a short time.

Do you mean you started the series of rabies shots? If so,bget the whole series.

  • You should have your Dr check the wound. It is possible that the wound has healed on the outside, but may have an abscess inside the wound. This is not a diagnosis but I had a bite that did that. Anitbotics took care of the problem. I wasn’t worried about rabies even though the kitten was feral. He was perfectly healthy, just scared.

Rabies three months after a bite? Consider yourself lucky that you lived to ask the question. You wouldn’t have lasted that long if it had been rabies.


No. You might have had some infection in there, perhaps some foreign matter that’s causing the sensation now but you do not have rabies. If you had contracted rabies in spite of the shots, you’d be long dead by now.