Illinois Law Now Requires Cats To Be Vaccinated For Rabies

Jim Gudas
January 03, 2020 - 3:52 pm

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new Illinois law requires pet cats to be vaccinated for rabies once they reach 4 months of age.

About one out of five homes in Illinois has at least one pet cat.

Dr. John Howe, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, said many cat owners don't think their pets need rabies vaccinations because their cats stay indoors. But it's possible for the pets to slink out of the home. 

It's also possible for rabid wildlife, including bats and raccoons, to get into homes, he said.

Howe says in recent years cats have passed dogs as the house pet that most commonly gets rabies.