Is your cute kitty suffering from fleas and ticks? Do you want to act fast and remedy the issue? Here’s how.
Ticks and fleas on a cat’s body are by far the most common domestic flea species around. These fleas use your cat’s body as a host and feed on them. They are egg-shaped, spider-like, blood-sucking crawly creatures. Adult ticks look like small spiders. They can be from 1mm to 1cm long.
Ticks and fleas are common in grassland, woodland, and heath areas. It can be in your garden if you live in an area with lots of nature. Your cat will come across them. Ticks are active during the whole year but are most likely to come across fleas between spring and autumn. They don’t fly or jump. They climb or drop onto your cat’s coat when you brush past the area they are sitting in.
How to Check My Cat For Ticks
Ticks lie and wait in big grass to latch onto any animal fur or a human who ever brushes by. Once they hitch a ride, they feed. The tick sinks into its victim’s flesh and begins feeding on its blood. It will keep stuck, grow bigger until it finishes feeding after a few days.
Ticks are big enough to spot. They tend to stick themselves to areas around a cat’s head, neck, ear, and feet. By the following ways, you can know whether your cat has a flea or a tick:-
- Run your fingers through your cat’s fur when they come home for dinner each evening and brush your hands over your cat’s body to check for any lumps or bumps. Ticks feel like small round bumps on the surface of the skin. Rub your hands gently on your cat, feeling for these bumps. If your cat is longhaired, using your fingers like the comb’s teeth to delve into the layers of fur for a thorough check.
- Pay particular attention to dark, hidden areas like the groin, armpits between the toes and inside the ears. They prefer to feed on areas such as the neck, head, ears, and feet, where it’s easier to get close to the skin.
- If you have a longhaired kitty, you’ll have to set aside some extra time to check through their coat properly. The small bumps that may indicate a feeding tick can be more difficult to feel through thick coat layers, ensuring you delve deeper, getting right to the skin.
How to Keep Ticks off Your Cat
If you have found ticks or fleas on your cat, read on to find out how to treat them in a few simple steps and explore methods you can prevent a flea infestation.
- Regularly inspect your cat’s coat for fleas and ticks. Comb it regularly with a flea comb.
- Wash all bedding once a week. It reduces the probability of breeding cat ticks. If your cat touches any beddings or fabric, it should be stripped and soaked for washing for a thorough wash.
- Vacuum daily in corners, dark crevices, under furniture, under beds, and around baseboards. It helps to remove live fleas and prevent them from breeding.
- Check your cat ticks when they come in from outdoors and remove them quickly. These ticks thrive in grassy areas with high humidity.
- Use tick prevention products recommended by your pet care professional. Cat flea collars are a powerful and natural solution for cat fleas. Ticks generally bite cats on the back of their neck. Cat flea collars act as a repellent against fleas and ticks. It lasts for up to 4 months. It is an attractive accessory for your kitty!
Symptoms of Ticks on Cats
Ticks-infested cats often display physical and behavioral changes, indicating that something is wrong:-
Scratching or biting
Tick bites are very itchy. Your cat will scratch its skin to help relieve the itch. This scratching is a tell-tale sign that your kitty is infested with ticks.
Cats are known to be meticulous groomers. But if your cat may be grooming excessively to soothe the itchy sensation resulting from tick bites.
Excessive itching can result in a bald spot. If you find it on your cat, it could mean that your cat is infected with a tick.
Skin Lesions or Scabs
Tick bites can provoke skin allergies in your cat. These bites can cause skin infection and the formation of sores or bumpy scabs.
Why Should You Protect Your cat?
Fleas and ticks make your cat’s life miserable when they cause discomfort and leave itchy bites and pain. Carelessness would let your furry kid suffer a severe infestation. Cat ticks pass on infections. They transmit microbes that cause several health-related issues and the following diseases:-
If you see bruises or scabs on your cat’s skin, it could be due to ticks. It happens when ticks bite your cat. It causes continuous itching. Your cat scratches the same place many times that her skin may be red and irritated.
Continuous Itching (Which can be passed on to you!)
If ticks crawl on your kitty and constantly bite her, it will make her itch. It can catch oy too if left untreated. Of course, you will never want to have that experience.
Swallowing a tick by your kitty may risk internal complications.
It can cause tapeworm or anemia. The tick itself can have the tapeworm, and if your cat swallows it, then she has it too.
Lyme disease is the most recognized parasite-carried disease. It is rare in cats, but if your cat could bring in a tick that had the disease, it could give it to you.
Cats contract tapeworms when cleaning themselves. Adult fleas consume tapeworm larvae. You can detect this by looking out for white portions in your cat’s feces. Your cat could even suffer from an unexplained weight loss due to tapeworm infestation.
If a large number of ticks feed on your cat’s blood, it can cause a deficiency in red blood cells. You can observe her if she appears to be lethargic, shows signs of muscle loss, or has pale gums. It could be anemic.
It is transmitted by ticks that target a cat’s lymph nodes. Infected cats feel fevers or have ulcers forming in their mouth. It will have swollen mouth or enlarged areas under its jawline.
When cats come into contact with flea feces, they are caught by bartonellosis. Symptoms of an infected cat may include fever or swelling around the bitten area.
Buying Guide: How to Choose The Best Methods To Remove Ticks Or Fleas
Bring your cat to a vet when you discover cat ticks. You may also use home treatments and flea control products.
Citric acid is one of the most powerful tick killers. To make a lemon spray, you need:
- Five chopped lemons,
- Four cups of water
- A spray bottle
- A small pot
- Pour water into a pot and squeeze and lemons.
- Boil the water and let it cool.
- Let lemons steep in the cooled water for 4 hours.
- Strain the solution and put it into the spray bottle.
How to use:
Spray the lemon solution on your cat’s fur coat. Do it carefully, avoiding sensitive areas like eyes. If your kitty dislikes water, then dip a flea comb in the solution and brush the ticks out.
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
It will not kill ticks. But it will make them fall from your cat’s body. Mix it with water in a 2:1 ratio. Put the solution in a spray bottle for use.
Flea Control Products
Cat Flea Collars
It releases active compounds throughout your cat’s fur to kill fleas.
Make sure that there is enough space to fit two fingers under it when you adjust the collar in your kitty’s neck. Watch out if the cat has any signs of discomfort or allergic reactions.
It provides your cat protection against blood-hungry fleas. Apply the prescribed dosage of fluid directly onto the skin between your cat’s shoulders.
Give your cat a medicated bath. A cat flea shampoo will kill the fleas on its body. These shampoos are specifically made with flea-busting features that will make your furry friend feel ‘fur-tastic.’
Cat flea sprays are an effortless and handy way to protect your furry friend from a flea attack. Spray the mixture onto your hand and gently rub it around your cat’s body. Avoid spraying it directly onto its fur. These sprays can get into sensitive areas such as its eyes and then cause trouble.
Flea bombs are insecticide foggers designed to eliminate massive flea infestations. To activate, pull the valve on the flea bomb to release the pesticides inside. Remove utensils and cover the home furniture before the treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does a tick stay on a cat?
The tick feeds by biting your cat and feasting on their blood. It will take a few days. When they have had enough, they drop off.
- Is there any home remedy that kills ticks or fleas on cats?
Use lemon spray or apple cider vinegar spray onto your cat’s fur coat, making sure to avoid sensitive areas such as its eyes.
- Can ticks make cats sick?
Yes. Your cat could suffer from Anaemia, Lyme disease, etc. And it can be really fatal to its health.
Ticks or fleas can cause disease by transmitting bacteria and microbes when they bite your cat. So next time you are out roaming around with your furry kids, beware of being “ticked” off. With a sharp eye and the right treatments, you can keep your cats safe from the nuisance and dangers of fleas and ticks.