A proactive approach to flea and tick prevention starts with a discussion about various factors that play a role in your pet's potential exposure to fleas and ticks. For example, whether your cats are indoor/outdoor is a factor, as well as whether they are exposed to other animals that go outside (including pets of friends or family that may come over for a visit).
Ticks: Life Cycle, Anatomy, and Disease Transmission in Cats
Dermacentor andersoni, the Rocky Mountain wood tick, is distributed throughout the Rocky Mountains in the western part of the U.S. Adults and nymphs are active in the spring and early summer and infest medium- and large-sized mammals, while larvae are most active in the summer and prefer to feed on small mammals.1 The Rocky Mountain wood tick is a vector for F tularensis in domestic cats.4
Fleas and ticks in cats - CatTime
Unfortunately, the belief that cats do not get ticks is wrong, a misconception. Many people believe that cats do not get ticks because they are fastidious about grooming. Actually, cats are very susceptible to ticks. Ticks attach and bury their mouthparts well beneath the skin, and are very difficult to dislodge. The fact that cats do encounter tick infestation also makes them susceptible to tick diseases like Cytauzoanoosis.
The Dangers of Fleas and Ticks for Cats | Broad Ripple Animal Clinic
Of all the pesky nuisances out there your cat might face, fleas and ticks are two of the most troublesome. For cats, fleas and ticks pose a variety of potential health issues, including:Another danger of fleas and ticks for cats is infestation of the home and possible transmission of disease to humans through sharing a living space. Many people believe that indoor cats are somehow immune to fleas and ticks, but this is not true. Fleas and ticks can enter homes on visiting pets and people's clothes. Fleas and ticks will seek out your cat to feed and live. Once a flea is on your cat, it stays and will produce 30-50 eggs within 24 hours. These eggs are the consistency of sand and will fall off the cat, land in the carpet or bedding and become an adult flea in 14 to 365 days depending upon the environmental conditions. It is easy to understand how the house can become quickly infested with fleas.