Cats, flea and tick alarms even in winter

Despite the cold, the parasites that infest the hair and the skin of small cats can create a dangerous infestation in the home: what to do to eradicate fleas and ticks permanently.

How to fight fleas and ticks in winter

Fleas and ticks represent one of the most frequent problems encountered in a domestic friend, whether it is a dog or a cat. These small parasites, capable of nesting in the mantle of these extraordinary quadrupeds, can, in fact, cause an enormous annoyance, including itching and skin inflammation. Moreover, they can represent a risk for more serious pathologies. Due to the still very hot autumn, as well as the consequences of climate change, the arrival of the cold season will not mark a reduction in the number of pests in circulation. For this reason, it is good to protect the four-legged companions throughout the year.

What is the difference between the flea and the cat’s tick

It is essential to promptly recognize the presence of unwelcome guests on dogs and cats, even with the help of a trusted veterinarian. This is to ensure the health of the cats. However, it is necessary to act first of all on the preventive front, using appropriate instruments that can act as a deterrent for parasites. Moreover, it is also useful to understand the substantial difference between fleas and ticks: the flea is an insect that, as an adult, lives on the host where it continuously sucks blood, up to 15 times its weight, and lays up to 50 eggs a day. The feces and eggs are laid on the skin of the host and from here they fall into the environment from which larvae hatch, which after wetsuits turn into pupae and then into adult fleas that rise on a new host, dog or cat and sometimes even on humans. They can nestle between cracks, closets, and above carpets, blankets and sofa covers. In short, all the surfaces on which the little tiger is laid to take naps. The eggs then hatch also thanks to the heated heaters and favor the proliferation of the parasites. The mint, on the other hand, is an arachnid that remains mostly waiting, and when it passes a prey, it goes up there and starts sucking blood for 2-10 days. Usually, the preferred areas are the head the neck, the shoulders, behind the ears, where the animal cannot clean itself. Even in this case, the prey can be the man. To remove it, you need special tweezers or you have to go to the vet.

How to prevent home infestation of fleas and cat ticks

Protecting animals from the attack of fleas and ticks is mandatory, also to prevent serious diseases: the species of tick present in Italy, more than 39, can, in fact, transmit more than 50 species of pathogens. And the consequences can be very serious, from Lyme disease to tapeworms, via ehrlichiosis, borreliosis, and many others. It is essential to brush the animal regularly, checking for any knots or spots and suspicious spots, putting the antipulcium on, asking the veterinarian for advice.for choosing the right pesticide. It is important to remember that the products indicated for dogs cannot be used even on cats because they are highly toxic.

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