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Complete Guide to Treating Cats Suffering With Bugs and Pests

Cats love their freedom, but with that freedom comes exposure to other cats, feral and domestic as well as the wide range of pests and bugs out in the wild where they might even bring some dangerous spiders back to your home. Fortunately many can be treated at home, and this complete guide includes, where possible, some natural alternatives to mainstream treatments. When you do need to turn to help we explain why, as it’s important that your cat always gets the veterinary care it needs, and some pests such as bed bugs are hard to remove from your home.

Cats are very resilient, but sometimes they need a little helping hand, either from yourself, or from a professional. Please check out our short guide below, but remember – if in doubt, make sure you seek a veterinarian’s advice.

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Ticks don’t just affect dogs, as cats can pick them up from long grass in your yard and even if your cat stays indoors, if you also have pet dogs these can introduce ticks to your home. Your cat is most likely to suffer a tick bite in the spring or summer, and when they Read More »

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If you have an ant, bee, hornet or wasp nest at home, your cat may get stung on their face, stomach or feet where there is little hair. After a bite, symptoms usually develop within 20 minutes, with the affected area becoming red and swollen, and your pet showing signs of irritation and pain. However, Read More »

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You can often see adult lice in your cat’s coat or their eggs, which appear as tiny white dots. However, other tell-tale signs of cat lice are excessive scratching, a dry coat and hair loss, particularly around their ears, neck and the base of their tail. Sometimes a cat with lice develops skin irritation or Read More »

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If you have a bed bug infestation at home, while they prefer humans, your cat may also be affected. The bugs don’t use your pet for transport or nesting, but they may bite your cat and make a home in their bedding. Your cat may develop itchy red lumps if bitten, but thankfully bed bugs Read More »

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Cheyletiella mites are highly contagious skin parasites that are more likely if you have other pets or your cat is in contact with animals elsewhere. Even after treatment it is possible for your cat to become re-infested if their bedding and your home are not properly decontaminated, so thorough treatment of their living environment is Read More »

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Mosquitoes are an inevitable part of the summer and although a cat’s fur largely protects them from bites, they may still suffer bites on exposed areas such as their nose and ears. Even though a bite may simply result in an irritating itch, some cats react more severely to bites and mosquitoes also spread feline Read More »

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Although a mild flea infestation will usually just cause your cat an annoying itch, kittens or older cats are more prone to complications. Any cat that has fleas is also more likely to develop tapeworms, as fleas carry the immature worms and can transmit them when they bite. Treating an infestation of fleas is therefore Read More »