(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.
(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.