Ticks in cats: explanation, spot them, eliminate them


Ticks are taxa of arachnids that is to say mites. They are classified among the ectoparasites since they live on the surface of their host’s body. The cat can be the prey of one or more ticks during its escapades in the tall grass, in the undergrowth, in the thickets of bushy trees, wherever these unwanted nest and lay, which also concerns the interior of homes. . Let’s see what are the health risks for the little feline, how to spot the presence of ticks on the cat’s body and what is the best method to remove these external parasites.

Tick ​​in cats, a parasite vector of diseases

As soon as the tick larva has taken up residence in the cat’s fur, it comes to plant itself in its skin in order to gorge itself with its blood through a bite using its mouthparts. Once sated, she returns to the ground. It then metamorphoses into nymph then attacks another prey on which it attaches itself. After returning to the ground again it becomes a adult tick. It is at this stage that matings take place and the females lay their eggs. When the tick eggs hatch, the larvae take refuge in the plants and the hellish circle start again…

The tick bite represents a danger for the cat at the health level because through this, this mite transmits viruses, parasites, bacteria. However, the propagation of these in the blood of the small feline can be at the origin of a serious health problem. Cat diseases caused by tick bites are for example:

  • The borreliosis which is more specifically called Lyme disease in humans,
  • The piroplasmosis,
  • Thehemobartonellosis feline,
  • Theehrlichiosis.

All these pathologies can lead to cat’s death. In the slightest doubt, it is therefore absolutely necessary to consult the veterinarian as soon as possible.

But even if the little feline is lucky not to develop this type of pathology, it can still suffer from an inflammatory reaction following a tick bite.

Prevent ticks in cats

Of preventative measures must absolutely be taken to limit the risk of contamination by tick bites.

You can protect your cat by regularly administering a pest control in spray or in pipette. The first is to be distributed over the entire body of the animal. To do this, you just need to brush your fur against the grain. The second should be placed between the cat’s shoulder blades and on its neck. In this way, it is impossible for him to lick the pest control. In general, the duration of protection against ticks is about 30 days.

If you have a garden and the cat limits its outings to this natural space, it is useful to always maintain it well. mowing regularly to prevent the grass from getting too tall. Finally at home, thehygiene is fundamental. You have to vacuum every nook, wash the floors regularly to have every chance of eliminating larvae or eggs. These are indisputable precautions even if they do not allow 100% of ticks to be eliminated.

Spotting ticks on the cat’s body

It is very important for a master to get into the habit of systematically inspecting his cat’s undercoat when it comes back from an escapade. The advice is also for very sedentary cats who do not like to go outside since ticks can remain inside a house or apartment for several years. No cat is therefore immune to having ticks.

The inspection is done using a brush to remove the hairs to better visualize the skin of the cat, more particularly in the folds or in the places where it is very thin. Do not forget to also inspect the ears, around the eyes and the pads of the kitty. Everything must be scrutinized.

Yes the cat is scratching suddenly with insistence always in the same place, it can be a sign of irritation caused by a tick which has since left the body of its host. We can see a redness proving that a parasite was well installed in this place.

Best method to remove ticks that parasitize a cat

Before you start, you should know that you do not pull on a tick with tweezers or grab it between two fingernails. In this way, the gnathosome or capitulum (“head” of the mite) will remain planted in the skin of the cat. Only its idiosom will be removed. This is the rear part of the mite on which the legs are attached. However, removing only the idiosom of a tick is absolutely useless.

On the other hand, you must have a tick puller, specifically designed to remove all of the parasite. It is necessary to clear the area where the mite is located by pushing the cat’s hair with one hand, then grasp the tick with the other hand using the hook-shaped accessory. There again we do not shoot but we turn so as to dislodge the tick as if trying to “unscrew” it. This is the only way to properly use a tick remover.

Care is taken to immediately place the parasite in an ashtray because it is still alive and likely to settle on a new host. Must therefore burn the tick with the flame of a lighter immediately after removing it. The cat’s skin is inspected again to verify that all the tick has been removed and that there are no others on the little feline. All that’s left is to disinfect the area where the parasite was installed.

The owners who do not dare to remove themselves the ticks discovered on their little companion must take the animal to the veterinarian who will take care of this task himself. He will take advantage of this consultation to auscultate the cat and check that all is well.

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