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How Did My Cat Get Fleas and/or Ticks?

 by james on 17 Jan 2023 |
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How Did Fleas and Ticks Get on My Cat?

You might be shocked to learn that your cat has been infected with these bothersome insects if you've never had to deal with a flea infestation before.

Even if your cat stays close to home, fleas and ticks will still find a way to enter your house and attach themselves to your cat. Just a few fleas are all it takes to build a flea infestation in your yard, home, and pet, and it takes them no time at all to do it.

Other Animals

Unfortunately, no yard is an island, and there is no way to keep all wild animals out of your yard. Squirrels, raccoons, and other tiny rodents will find ways to enter your yard despite a towering fence (even an electrified, barbed wire fence! ), bringing fleas and ticks with them.

The likelihood that an infestation will travel on the back of another animal increases the more visitors you have to your yard. Additionally, feral cats that wander your land might spread ticks and fleas. This is one justification for not leaving out treats like corn, nuts, and seeds to tempt wild creatures away from your cat's environment.

Particularly cats enjoy perching on window sills to observe their surroundings, but even screened windows that are left open might allow fleas and ticks to enter the home.

Human Transportation

Additionally, you and the people who visit you could unknowingly carry fleas and ticks. Anyone entering your home could bring fleas with them. Without the visitor's awareness, they can be brought in from their own house or pet.

It's simple for some fleas and ticks to travel on your pants leg, socks, shoes, etc. if you enjoy hiking in locations where they are common. In order to find their next blood meal, these parasites are well-adapted to figuring out how to adhere to potential hosts.

Outside the Home

Every time your pet ventures outside, whether it is for a trip to the vet, a stay at a boarding kennel, a trip to the groomer, a ride in the car, etc., there is a chance that fleas and ticks will board.

If your cat spends even a brief amount of time outside in a grassy area where you reside, be sure to look through his fur for any ticks that may have climbed on. Ticks (and fleas) can conceal themselves well and will seek out the furriest areas in the skin's deepest cracks on your cat. Pay great attention to the arm "pits," the tummy, and the fur on the neck.

Be Pro-active

You must exercise extra caution during the peak flea and tick season, which is typically the warm-weather months from spring through early autumn, because fleas and ticks are so skilled at what they do. If you see even one or two insects on your cat, take action right once to prevent an infestation.

Consult with your veterinarian for guidance on the best preventive medications and the safest ways to administer them if your cat is extremely young or old, or if he has any underlying medical conditions. Your veterinarian will be able to explain how to use these medications correctly and provide the ideal dosage based on the age and weight of your cat. If you identify the issue fast enough, you might be able to start with natural remedies rather than chemical ones.

It is worthwhile to try anti-pest landscaping because there are some plants that are known for their ability to repel fleas outside. However, when treating the yard and perimeter, it is frequently simpler and more efficient to employ chemical insecticides and repellants, especially when dealing with an infestation that is already well underway.

If you do already have a flea and tick problem, you may wish to apply chemical treatments that have been proven and true this year so that you may relax and enjoy the rest of the season without having to rely on flea-repelling landscaping. Starting early and preventing the spread of parasites is far simpler than trying to get rid of them once they have established themselves in your home and on your pet.


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