Of all the pesky nuisances out there that 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:
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The best known cat disease carried by ticks, is Lyme disease. It is a bacterial infection that can cause joint damage, heart problems, kidney failure, and nerve problems. Luckily cats are very resistant to Lyme disease and are not often infected.
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Some varieties of ticks inject substances that can cause paralysis or that can be toxic in various degrees. In North America, cattle are more prone to this than cats and dogs but in other parts of the world ticks can cause paralysis.
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Ticks bite their hosts because they need to feed on an animal’s blood in order to move through the various phases of their development, from the larval stage to adulthood. Larvae need blood nourishment in order to develop into young ticks (nymphs); the nymphs need it in order to mature into adulthood; and the adult female needs to ingest blood in order to mate and lay the thousands of eggs that will eventually develop into a new generation of larvae. It is in their nymph and adult stages, explains William Miller Jr., VMD, a professor of dermatology at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, that a tick will crawl onto a cat’s body, attach itself, and start to feed on the animal’s blood. If the tick is carrying an infectious agent, the pathogens will enter the cat’s circulatory system and begin to reproduce rapidly. After applying DE in your home and cat's bed or cat tree, it's time to tackle your cat. Grab some tweezers and look for ticks everywhere including between the toes, inside the ears, and in the armpits.Many insecticides have been developed to control ticks. Because cats are very poor at eliminating poisons, only products sold for cats should be used. These should be used exactly as the instructions say for this reason.Some of the drops that are applied to the back and are used for fleas also kill ticks, use products that contain pyrethrin, imidacloprid, or fipronil. NEVER USE ANYTHING THAT CONTAINS PERMETHRIN, AMITRAZ OR ORGANOPHOSPHATES ON CATS. It can be used on DOGS NEVER ON CATS. Cats cannot deal with the poisons and will die. Sometimes just being in contact with a dog that has been treated is enough to seriously hurt a cat. NOTE: Hartz Mountain has had a bad reputation and their drops should Not be used for cats.