When fleas or ticks bite your kitty, she becomes miserable with the itching, skin irritation and other discomforts from the parasites. We pet parents aren’t happy either, as the pests can spread and infest our other pets and throughout the house. We’ve compiled local guides to fleas and ticks on cats, as well as a few general pointers:
First off, is there truly a flea and tick season?
Different regions of the United States, with their varying climates, may have a particular season for fleas and/or ticks, to a degree. But unlike Christmas and Halloween, fleas and ticks aren’t necessarily seasonal, says Dr. Michelle Matusicky, D.V.M., assistant professor — practice at The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
“It is a common misconception that fleas and ticks have a season,” Matusicky says. “They have a life cycle that is constantly replicating.
“Sure, it is more common for a flea infestation to begin in the spring or summer seasons, but it can take months to get rid of completely,” she says. “If not properly cleared, they can set up in your home and live quite comfortably throughout the winter months.”
What cats are at risk for fleas and ticks?
Ticks and fleas appear all over the United States, but each region of the United States has some differences. Fleas come in more than 1,000 species, but the types of fleas that bite cats and dogs are fairly uniform. Ticks come in several distinctive varieties.
As always, talk to your veterinarian about using topical preventative flea and tick treatments. Cat parents can also greatly reduce the chances of kitty encountering fleas and ticks by keeping cats inside, which all veterinarians we interviewed recommend.
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