Parasites – Ticks

Cat ticks are spider-like, egg-shaped, blood-sucking parasites! They have eight legs and vary in size from about 1mm to 1cm long, so they are visible and can often be felt on the cat’s coat. Ticks don’t fly or jump, but climb or drop onto your cat’s coat when they will attach to the skin by… Read more »

Cat ticks are spider-like, egg-shaped, blood-sucking parasites!

They have eight legs and vary in size from about 1mm to 1cm long, so they are visible and can often be felt on the cat’s coat. Ticks don’t fly or jump, but climb or drop onto your cat’s coat when they will attach to the skin by biting. As they start sucking blood they will increase in size and change colour from black to a blue/grey.

They are more likely to be found in grassy or woodland places where the are acquired from sheep, deer, hedgehogs, rabbits and are active from spring through to autumn.

Ticks can carry diseases that can affect cats, and humans. Parasite control for ticks will require the tick to bite the cat and depending on the product, it will die and drop off in a day or two. Ticks can be taken off but this should be done with care to ensure every part is removed.