Cat Parasites, Fleas, Lice, Scabies and Ticks

In spite of cats always cleaning themselves, they occasionally return from their outings with some itching or jumpy visitor. Among these visitors, it is necessary to talk about the ectoparasites, parasites that do what they want in exteriors of cats, later we’ll mention about endoparasites, which live in the interior. Neither disgust nor fear is welcomed. However, the desire to rid of them as soon as possible is understood.

These parasites known from ancient times appear often in present times also. It’s true that exists a particular flea in cats, but they can’t also stand dog fleas and other kinds of fleas. The authentic human flea is now so rare that in flea groups pay a high price as for example:

Do people get cat and dogs flea? I’ll ask this with another question, would you advice a flea to move from a soft animals hair to human hair, inhospitable and always being threatened by showers? I don’t think so, because of it, it might be just some isolated case of a lost flea or a deserter from a massive invasion. In general, descent of fleas lineage has not been chemistries work, condemned often without reason, caused by a noisy monster: the vacuum cleaner. The juvenile form of a flea, its eggs and larva, evolve, in effect, outside a cats body, in cracks and corners of the house. From there is where a vacuum cleaner extracts them implacably. 

In other times, fleas were an important phenomenon world wide, since those of rats were pest transmitters. Now, they must also be eliminated. In cases of a massive invasion, fleas are bothersome to cats and their caretakers. In case your cat suffers a flea infestation, my advice is to act in a strategic way. First, verify the location. Some favorite parts are the larynx and under the ears. There, these parasites try to run away from every hand it sees trying to escape to a safe place. It’s possible you can also catch them with masking tape. When you see flea feces deposited in hair, in thin numerous grumes of a dark brown color, it’s an indication that there is presence of parasites.    

In case of minor invasion, my advice is to go to someplace where you find flea collars for already existing fleas ( has to be for cats). Its effects are not immediate, but stop the plague quickly. In few occasions, it can produce a hypersensitivity reaction. Cats will start scratching their neck and it could get irritated, in such cases, it can’t continue using the collar.   

Baths with insecticide, tolerable for cats, should only be used when there is a massive invasion. It kills all fleas, but it’s very bothersome to sensitive cats. Taking anti parasitic tablets, following veterinarian’s orders is also a very good method for treating invasions of any type of parasites. With everything, there is always an inconvenient; you must know how to dominate the method of administering.

The animal’s body stays impregnated with this insecticide. When a parasite sucks on it, simultaneously it will suck a mortal poison. The anti parasitic substance can also be applied on hair by something similar to a great big lipstick or in liquid. Ask your veterinarian.

Cats’ cushions and pillows should be washed in hot water or be changed completely to prevent fleas from spreading. Another way, although not so certain, consists of spraying some ‘tolerable insecticide’ directly to cats. Also, apply a generous amount of this insecticide to fleas worst enemy; the vacuum cleaner. 

These parasites are extraordinarily rare in well kept animals and people. Louse barely passes to other animals and people. The whole evolutionary process develops in cats. In extreme cases, a massive infection can result to be mortal due to the considerable loss of blood. Louse can be discovered as well as fleas, but they don’t jump out of the body. It’s possible to eliminate some with the help of a special brush. Nevertheless, since eggs (nits) new plagues develop, it is recommendable to use an insecticide collar. In case of a serious invasion, bathing would be appropriate, repeating itself according to prescription due to nits. This is no pleasure for cats, but it has to be taken seriously. 

Masticator lice
They appear in rare occasions. They move slowly around the hair. Every method mentioned before is effective against them. It’s hard for them to live in well-kept cats. 

Scabies mite
Prospers in sick or unattended animals. It is an infestation of small mites that drill passages in the skin. In well-taken cats, the growth of the skin practically expels them. Cats that are badly taken care of or sick do not manage to extirpate them, which is why extensive affections of scabies are produced. In such cases, skin becomes numb, hair falls off and they scratch themselves with some violence. Some favorites places for mites are in the head, especially around the ears.  The invasion spreads from there over to the rest of the body. 

Before treatment, which, in any case, has to be prescribed by a veterinarian, presence has to be verified unequivocally. Only when these parasites have been seen in a microscope, we can be sure it really is scabies. This observation is important, since treatment for scabies is tedious and with certain risk for cats, so it must not just start out of a mere suspicion. Some animals often experience a visible recovery as they are well taken care of. Now, don’t misunderstand well taken care of by superabundant nourishment. It is more important to worry with affection about the animal that has some disorder.

Harvest scabies
When, in autumn, we have walked along a meadow, usually at night we start feeling a scratchy sensation. In places where clothes are in contact with skin, you can find abscesses similar to stings caused by mosquito bites. Harvest scabies produces them. This time of year, they infect cats and provoke in them hemorrhages accompanied of strong irritations that remind them of flea stings. An anti parasitic collar will protect the animal. 

In cats, all clean, will only be discovered in places where the tongue doesn’t reach. They can be removed or just wait for them to fall on their own.

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