Effect Of Fleas And Ticks On Cats
Some cats don’t mind much the presence of fleas on their bodies, but there are those that suffer from intense itching from even a bite or two of these pesky parasites. These cats are allergic to a protein that is present in the saliva of fleas. Intense scratching caused by flea allergy can lead to a condition known as miliary dermatitis or miliary eczema. Affected cats have crusty sores all over their bodies and hair loss may also be a common occurrence.
A heavy infestation of fleas is dangerous for small kittens because they are susceptible to anemia which can be fatal. Fleas are also important transmitters of tapeworms, which are another type of gastrointestinal parasites.
On the other hand, certain types of ticks can cause paralysis in cats which can be fatal. Paralysis is progressive starting from weakness in the hind legs, strange meowing sounds, until the cat is unable to breathe as the toxin affects the muscles of respiration.
Contact your animal hospital Mt. Airy, MD about a parasite preventive program that will protect your pet from flea and ticks throughout all the months of the year.