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There are a number of parasites that like to munch on our pet cats, other than that perennial pest – the flea. Below is a listing of most cat parasites:
Cat Fleas and Other Parasites:
We all love our cats and we try to treat them as best as we can. There are cat parasites that your kitty can get no matter how well you take care of her. Once you know that your cat has a parasite or a disease you need to take steps to remedy the situation.
Some cat parasites or diseases remain undiscovered, but if you keep a close eye on your cat then you should become aware of most parasites and diseases early.
This article gives you a small overview about some parasites and diseases that cats can get. There are more pests out there, way to many to cover them all in this one short one article, but it should be enough to give you a quick overview.
Cats can easily get fleas and if you don’t get rid of them, they will reproduce and can become to a real plague. This can happen even to the very best kept and well-groomed cats and needs to be eliminated as fast as possible.
Fleas have a life stage that goes from egg to larvae, to pupae to egg. An adult cat flea lives it life entirely on the cat and can lay a great many eggs each day, which drop off into the surroundings.
The eggs hatch into a tiny larvae – and at this stage the flea is very vulnerable. It can only wiggle very short distances and finds a place to hide and turn into the pupae.
Pupae can live, unhatched in the environment for years and are almost impervious to most flea control measures. They hide in carpet, bedding, grass, dust etc. Pupae only hatch into live fleas when they are stimulated by a vibration or heat source that lets them know there may be a “live meal” nearby.
This is why you can sometimes have a “sudden” infestation of fleas. They were all ready to hatch and something stimulated them to do so.
There are different cat supplies like sprays, powders and shampoos that can help you to get rid of fleas. Adult fleas spend most their time on pets but their eggs and pupae can be found on your carpet, bedding and rugs.
Therefore it is imperative if you want success that you treat the environment – as well as the cat. If you fail to do so the next generation of fleas will be born and your cat will be re-infested.
One good little helper to catch fleas that are just hatching is the Victor Ultimate flea trap – which is cheap and easy to use.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to remember that flea products are pesticides and should always be used with caution – and ONLY when you need to do so. Continual, regular application of pesticides into and onto your cat will drastically shorten her life-span.
There are natural ways to help with getting rid of fleas in the house and on the cat – however, as it is such a large topic I will be covering that in another article.
Ticks can be a serious threat to your cat, they can transmit a number of diseases like tick paralysis or Lyme disease. In Australia there is also the horrible paralysis tick that can kill a cat or a small dog within a few days. Research has shown that one out of 5 ticks is infected with some kind of disease.
Frequent tick checks should be done on cats who live in known tick infested areas – and who spend time outside of the house. Keeping your cat out of grasses and woods will reduce the risk for them to pick up ticks.
As with fleas, you need to also clean the environment of your cat in order to get rid of the ticks. Getting ticks off a cat is a bit tricky as they dig in extremely far and are well designed to embed tightly and hang on. It is easy to remove the tick itself but to leave it’s mouth pieces inside the cat.
There are handy little tools that are designed for removing ticks off cats and other pets, and if you live in a high risk area it is a good idea to keep one of these on hand.
The Tick Twister is a good tick removal tool. You can also try using a pair of tweezers. Grab the tick in front of it’s head if possible – as close to the cat’s skin as you can (do not squeeze the body of the tick) and then carefully pull it out without twisting.
Do not grab the tick too hard otherwise it might crush and leave harmful bacteria in your cat’s bloodstream. Once the tick is removed you should clean and disinfect the wound thoroughly.
Ear Mites in Cats:
These are mites that live in your cat’s ear. They are extremely contagious and can be passed from cat to cat but also from other pets like dogs, hamsters, mice… These mites are very common but they can still cause problems. They can cause permanent hearing loss if left untreated.
You should have your cat’s ears examined by a vet, if you suspect any ear mite infestation. Ear mites can sometimes be found on the cat’s body as well. There are a number of very effective treatments for ear mites on cats.
There is a really good, natural treatment for cats ear mites you can buy online here
Heart worm in Cats:
Cats can get infected by a heartworm. This parasite lives in the cat’s heart and can cause a sudden cat death. Heartworm is a preventable disease, there are medications for it.
Round worms in Cats:
This up to 4 inch long worm is the most common type of worm to infect pets. Roundworms can cause diarrhea and other signs of illness. Signs of a worm infection include weight loss, black looking stools, pale color, weakness and others. You should consult a vet to get some worm remover medications.
Tape worm in Cats:
Tapeworms can be a threat to your cat and they need to be dealt with as quickly as possible. You can often see tiny tapeworm segments on the stools of infected cats. Tapeworm segments are white in color, are only about as big as a grain of rice and will probably be moving if the stool is fresh.
Cats can get tapeworms by eating infected mice or other small animals. Tapeworms are also carried by fleas. If your cat has a tapeworms you need to be aware that some can infect humans as well.
Giant Kidney Worm:
This worm rarely infects pets but it can happen. The worm lives in the kidney and can grow up to 1 yard long. It can cause different kind of diseases and even destroy the whole kidney.
For a nutrual remedy for worms in cats, I highly recommend the PetAlive Parasite Dr
Almost all kind of pets including cats can get serious skin-diseases like rashes or fungal infections. Some symptoms are continual scratching and loss of hair. If your cat shows these symptoms you should consult a vet.
Ringworm on cats is one of the diseases caused by fungus. Despite the name – it is not actually a worm. Ringworm can be transmitted to people by direct contact with pets.
A cat with fleas is not a happy cat! Apart from the itching from the bites, fleas also cause tapeworms in cats. Sometimes it can be really difficult to get rid of fleas, especially if you live in a humid climate where flees thrive.
And to help your cat’s skin recover from the damage caused by these nasty parasites, consider getting some Skin and Coat Tonic for Cats