This is a tick we took off one of our feline visitors this morning and it’s quite a size! With the milder Spring weather, ticks are on the increase. Ticks like warm, moist conditions so park land and long grass is the perfect hiding place, although local wildlife can bring ticks into our back gardens. The parasite nourishes itself by latching on to a passing host. They then burrow their head into their host’s skin and feed on their blood until they are fully engorged and drop off. Tick bites can cause irritation as well as local infection if not removed properly, and some tick bites can even transmit nasty disease.
Prevention is better than cure! If your cat loves the outdoors, please ask us about tick prevention as part of their parasite prevention routine!