Why Ticks Can Be Extremely Dangerous For Your Cat

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During the summer season, the number of parasites such as fleas and ticks found in your feline friend’s body will increase significantly. Although a single tick is incapable of draining considerable amounts of blood from your cat’s body, a large number of ticks can cause your feline friend to suffer from anemia. Another reason why ticks are dangerous to your cat is that they carry dangerous diseases that can be fatal. Here are four tick-borne diseases that can infect your cat.1.

Cytauxzoonosis

Cytauxzoon is caused due to a parasite in the blood called Cytauxzoon felis, capable of infecting tissues and blood in cats. Within three weeks, your feline friend will hemorrhage and die. Bobcats usually carry these parasites and they are immune to them. However, if a tick bites a bobcat before it attaches on to your feline friend, it will suffer from cytauxzoonosis.

Symptoms
  • Anemia
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Jaundice
  • Lethargy
  • Pale gums

There is a cure for Cytauxzoonosis but it is effective in only 60% of the cats.2.

Babesiosis

Babesia felis, a parasite that causes Babesiosis, affects felines through ticks, animal bites, blood transfusion and if the mother is already carrying the parasite. Usually, it takes about two weeks to infect your feline friend. However, in the majority of the cases, the disease remains undetected for months to years.

  • Symptoms
  • Anemia
  • Jaundice
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mucous membranes are pale

You can cure this disease with a combination of anti-malarial and antibiotic medications. If anemia is severe, the vet will have to do a blood transfusion.3.

Ehrlichiosis

Ehrlichiosis is another tick-borne disease caused by Ehrlichia risticii and Ehrlichia canis. These organisms can kill the cells in your feline’s body. Ehrlichiosis is usually found in felines residing in North America, Africa, South America, and Europe.

  • Symptoms
  • Anemia
  • Bloated lymph nodes
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Discharge from eyes
  • Fever
  • Inflamed and swollen joints
  • Lethargy
  • Mucous membranes become pale
  • Vomiting

To treat Ehrlichiosis, you may have to keep your feline friend in the hospital. The most common form of medication to treat the disease is antibiotics. If the symptoms are severe, blood transfusions and fluid therapy will be suggested by the vet.4.

Haemobartonellosis

Haemobartonellosis, another deadly disease spread by ticks, can be fatal to felines. Mycoplasma haemofelis, a group of microorganisms, infect felines after they feed on animals that carry these microorganisms. Mother cats are also capable of transmitting the disease to their little ones if they are suffering from Haemobartonellosis.

  • Symptoms
  • Anemia
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Mucous membranes become pale
  • Respiration and heart rate increases
  • Weight loss

To fight against haemobartonellosis, the vet will give antibiotics to your feline. Your cat will need to stay in the hospital till it recovers completely.Ticks are extremely dangerous to your feline as they cause the above diseases. If you see a tick on your cat’s body, remove it immediately and get your feline checked by a vet.

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