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    How to deal with cat ticks?

    Articlecat health and wellbeingThursday 09 June 2011

    Ticks are small parasites which feed on blood, I suppose you already knew it! They attach themselves to the cat by inserting their claws and feeding tube into the skin. Their feeding tube is covered in small teeth which ticks use to cut through the skin. Once firmly attached they feed on yours pet blood storing it in their sac which fills up within a couple of days. Once the sac is full (3-4 days after attachment) the tick will usually drop off for a digestive siesta. This is also the time when the females will lay eggs (thousands of them).

    Your cat may suffer from various disease caused by ticks. One of them is Lyme disease. Its symptoms include loss of appetite, a raised temperature, lethargy, lameness, painful joints and a enlarged lymph nodes. The antibiotic treatment is effective soon after infection, so speedy diagnosis and medication is important. It is crucial to check your cat for ticks regularly during the summer, especially if it’s an outdoor cat.

    Another very serious disease caused by ticks is cytauxzoonosis. It’s very rare, however it’s fatal as for the first 20 days there are no symptoms. It affects usually domestic cats in the south-central and southeastern United States. Once the cat shows symptoms, immediate treatment is vital though the survival chances are very low.

    Mycoplasmosis is another disease transmitted by ticks that destroys red blood cells. Cats which already have problems such as Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) are more likely to suffer severely.

    Read here to learn how to remove a tick.

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