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Can cats catch Lyme Disease?

Blog Home Feb 26, 2021

Prime tick season runs from March-October, and these nasty little parasites can make life pretty miserable for you and your pets.

Read more about ticks and the diseases they carry here.

Are cats at risk from ticks?

It’s often assumed that cats have a form of natural, in-built defence barrier against ticks and the diseases they carry, but this is not true.

Ticks can latch on to cats just as easily as they can to humans or dogs. Your cat could pick up a tick whilst wandering further afield, but they could also cross paths with a tick in their own back garden.

Anywhere where there is long grass, particularly with lots of damp undergrowth, is a potential site for ticks at this time of year.

Can cats catch Lyme Disease?

One of the things that make ticks so dangerous is that they can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.

Although cats are less susceptible to Lyme Disease than dogs (and more able in general to fight off nasty infections) they CAN still catch it, and be carriers.

The myth of cats being immune to Lyme Disease stems from many adult cats not making a fuss when they feel poorly.

Lots of cat owners will tell you that their feline pals almost never show any signs of pain or illness, which is what makes infections really easy to miss.

But, as with any dangerous infection or illness, early detection can make all the difference for a happy outcome.

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease in cats?

Most owners who have seen Lyme Disease in their cat will describe the first symptoms as their pet being ‘off colour’ or ‘not quite themselves.’

But, other things to look out for also include:

  • Fever
  • Lameness (in one or multiple legs)
  • Off their food
  • Swollen or enlarged lymph nodes

ALWAYS get in touch with your vet if you spot any of these signs, especially if you have seen or recently removed a tick from your cat.

 

How can I protect my cat from ticks?

By applying Itch Flea every month, you ensure that any ticks attaching to your pet will die within 48 hours.

The product doesn’t repel ticks (so ticks can still attach) but once dead they can be easily removed and the chances of a nasty infection like Lyme Diease are greatly reduced.