SADDLE RIVER, N.J.– Four people were confirmed exposed to a stray Saddle River cat who tested positive for rabies, authorities said.
The cat hadn't had a current rabies vaccination, the borough Department of Health reported.
The identified individuals were referred to their health care providers for treatment, police said.
Saddle River Police are reminding residents to check their pet's vaccination and health records.
In addition to vaccinating your pets for rabies:
• Avoid wildlife and animals you don't know;
• Keep your pet on a leash. Don't allow your pet to roam: He or she can come in contact with rabid wildlife;
• Never feed or touch wild or stray animals, especially stray cats, bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes or groundhogs;
• Teach your children that they should tell you if they were bitten or scratched by an animal;
• Call your doctor and the local health department if bitten or exposed to saliva or blood of a wild or stray animal;
• Contact your veterinarian if your pet was exposed to a bat, raccoon, skunk or other wild carnivore.