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Parasite prevention

With the warmer, moister weather, the summer season is prime time for nasty creepy crawlies like fleas, ticks, mites and worms. If your cat likes to explore outdoors, and especially if your cat is a hunter, it’s important to protect them against parasites to prevent localised irritation and the transmission of disease.

Ticks (see our photo!) are a seasonal hazard and can occur anywhere where there is wildlife. They like long vegetation so shrubbery and long grass are happy hiding areas, where they can wait for a new host to pass by and latch onto.

While less common on cats than dogs, if you do spot a tick on your cat, then do remove it as soon as possible. The easiest way to remove a feeding tick is to use a tick hook, which is like a small 2-pronged plastic fork. Lever the hook under the shoulders of the tick (as close as you can to your pet’s skin as the tick’s head will be buried there) and twist in either direction. This unscrews the head and removes the whole parasite. Never pull as this risks breaking the body off the attached head, leaving the head in the skin, which can lead to infection.

When using preventative tick medication, it is really important that it is cat-specific. Never give cats tick medication that is designed for dogs, as many contain chemicals that are toxic or even fatal to cats.

Give us a ring on 01922 411755 to discuss which parasite-prevention treatment would be best for your feline friend and their lifestyle.