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10 Ways to Stop Ticks from Biting Your Cat

 by james on 06 Mar 2023 |
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10 methods to prevent ticks biting of your cat

Undoubtedly, one of the least enjoyable summertime jobs we have to anticipate each year is getting rid of ticks. These blood-suckers are not only disgusting to look at because they are covered in your cat's hard-earned blood, but they are also famously tough to get rid of, necessitating close quarters combat to ensure success. These critters can spread some very dangerous diseases if left alone for too long or not totally eradicated. What can you do, then, to prevent ticks on your cat this season? Here are some concepts to think about:

1. Spot-on Treatments

For the control of both ticks and fleas, using an over-the-counter spot-on treatment that you buy from your veterinarian, a pet store, or online can be quite helpful. For up to a month, these medicines effectively keep parasites at bay. Despite the fact that these medications are excellent, you must nevertheless use them with extreme caution. Make sure you carefully read all labels. Before using a spot-on on your cat, make sure to consult your veterinarian if you have any questions about it.

2. Oral Medications

When compared to dogs, cats are less likely to get access to monthly pills, and the majority of tick-prevention medications used in cats are really designed for small dogs. It seems that the main pharmaceutical companies are still working on a tick medication designed exclusively for cats. You should see your veterinarian to find out if using a small dog-specific product on your cat is safe. One advantage of utilizing a once-a-month tablet is that, unlike spot-on treatments, you won't have to worry about young children coming into contact with the cat right after application or the cat tracking pesticide residue onto the furnishings.

3. Shampoos

Ticks will typically die on touch if you wash your cat with a shampoo containing medicinal chemicals. This can be a simple, albeit labor-intensive, way to safeguard your cat during tick season. As the effective chemicals won't remain as long as a spot-on or oral drug, you will also need to repeat the process more frequently, roughly every two weeks. Whether or not this is a workable approach depends on how your cat reacts to baths.

4. Tick Dips

A dip is a potent chemical that needs to be diluted in water before being poured over the animal's back or rubbed to its fur with a sponge. Following the application of a dip product, you won't rinse the pet. Because they can be quite powerful, labels should be carefully read before usage. For very young animals, a dip should not be used (under four months). For guidance on caring for pups and kittens, see your veterinarian.
 
 
5. Tick Collars

You can also wear tick-repelling collars, although these are mostly only effective for preventing ticks from getting on your head and neck. The chemicals in the collar must come into touch with your cat's skin in order to be transferred to its skin and fur. Making ensuring there is just enough room for two fingers to fit under the collar when it is on the cat's neck is important when using this kind of collar. Cut off any extra collar length to stop your cat from chewing on it, and keep an eye out for signs of discomfort (such frequent scratching) in case the collar causes an allergic reaction.

6. Powders

Tick powders are a different type of topical treatment that work well to kill and deter ticks from your pet. Before using the powder, be sure it is labeled for cats. Additionally, make sure you read the label to confirm that the treatment is intended to kill both ticks and fleas. Use little amounts and apply the powder into the skin slowly because it can irritate the mouth or lungs if breathed. When applying powders, keep them away from the face and eyes. During peak season, you will need to reapply the product around once a week.

7. Tick Sprays

Tick spray, another topical medication, quickly eliminates ticks and offers lasting protection. Sprays are an option if your cat spends a lot of time in wooded areas and can be applied in between baths and dips. Use this product around your cat's face with extreme caution. Before using, carefully check the label to be sure the spray is intended for use on cats. Do not use the spray near or on any other household pets.

8. Treat the House and Lawn

The number of fleas and ticks in your garden can be decreased by maintaining maintained lawns, bushes, and trees. There will be fewer of these parasites to worry about if there are fewer places for them to reside and reproduce. Consider utilizing one of the different household and yard sprays or granular treatments that are offered by your veterinarian, pet store, or neighborhood garden center if the issue persists. Just be cautious when utilizing these goods since they could be dangerous for both humans and animals. Consider hiring an exterminator to administer yard and area sprays to control your pests if you have a serious issue or are worried about handling these chemicals properly.

9. Check your Cat(s)

Make sure to thoroughly inspect your cat for ticks after playing outside in locations where they may be hiding. Look in the ear canals, between the legs, between the toes, and all around the neck. Finding the ticks early on may help you save your pet from contracting some dangerous ailments if they are attached and engorged. When ticks are discovered, they should be thoroughly and promptly removed.

10. Keep your Cat(s) Indoors

There is no need to start if you have never allowed your cat outside. On the other hand, after a cat has spent its entire life wandering free outside, we are aware that compelling it to stay indoors can be very challenging. If you can at least limit your cat's time spent outside during tick season and check him every time he enters the house, you may be able to reduce the likelihood that he will become ill from a tick bite. This is because the longer a tick is attached to a host, the higher the risk that it will spread a disease like cytauxzoonosis or lyme disease.

Preventing your cat from roaming through wooded areas where ticks are likely to be lying in wait is the most effective way of keeping your cat safe from exposure. You may still have a few ticks wandering your yard, but if you keep things tidy and use preventive medications, your cat should have minimal risk of becoming a meal for ticks this summer.

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