CRANFORD, NJ - The Cranford Police Department has reported that between Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, they received reports from three separate residents that they were bitten by a stray cat. All three victims came into contact with the cat in the area of Orchard Street, Tulip Street and Spring Garden Place.

On the evening of Oct. 5, one of the residents who was bitten was able to contain the cat and called the police, who turned it over to Animal Control. This cat has since tested positive for rabies.

The cat is described as a multi colored, gray, black and brown cat.

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According to the ASPCA website, rabies is most often transmitted through a bite from an infected animal. Less frequently, it can be passed on when the saliva of an infected animal enters another animal’s body through mucous membranes or an open, fresh wound. The risk for contracting rabies runs highest if your cat is exposed to wild animals.  In the United States, rabies is reported in cats more than in any domestic species.

Classic signs of rabies in cats are changes in behavior including aggression, increased vocalization, loss of appetite, weakness and disorientation. 

Any resident that has had contact with this cat is asked to contact the Westfield Health Department (a shared township service) at 908-789-4070 extension 4073.