Ticks and cats
Cats are animals which may catch parasite mites such as ticks. They feed on the cat’s blood. Spring and autumn are the two seasons during which contacts between the animal and ticks are more frequent.
Throughout this article, discover the different ways to spot those parasite mites, how to get rid of them and how to avoid the main diseases linked to them.
1. How to spot a tick?
Usually, ticks are spotted by owners by two different methods. In fact, when we stroke our animal, it is possible to feel them. When the ticks grow, they are visible to the eye.
2. How to remove them?
It is advised to remove the ticks 24 hours after they settled on the animal to avoid any contamination. For this, it is of utmost importance to locate the tick then to remove it with a hook or a tweezer and to disinfect its spot with a sanitizer.
3. The diseases
Ticks may transmit diseases to cats such as haemobartonellosis (severe anaemia), ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. This is why it is necessary to see a veterinary when your cat has been in contact with a tick.
4. Avoiding ticks
To avoid all risks of contact between a cat and a tick, it is important to avoid infested zones, to check if your pet has not caught a parasite after a walk and to use an anti-parasite.