Ticks: one of the most dangerous enemies for ours cats. The ticks can cause very serious damage: if they are not subjected to strict control, cats can be attacked and thus run into dangerous diseases such as Lyme borreliosis, viral encephalitis and fever.
Symptoms of ticks in cats
To avoid delay in identifying the problem it is important to learn to recognize the symptoms immediately ticks in cats: fever, lameness, loss of appetite, cough, sudden pain in a limb or elsewhere, arthritis or joint swelling, lethargy or depression. At the sight of one of these symptoms, we are in "smell of ticks": contact the veterinarian immediately, at least for a visit and a blood test.
Where can cats get ticks
Ticks can be found in any green area: in bushes, in woods or in grassy fields. There, hidden, found the animal, or even human target, the ticks they bite cats, dogs and men almost without leaving a mark that can in fact go unnoticed for a long time. If we suspect, finding one of the symptoms indicated above, that our cat may have been bitten by a tick, we must undertake a slow and careful search of the hair. A magnifying glass can certainly be useful because ticks are not always visible to the naked eye.
Top places to look for ticks on cats they are ears and surroundings, neck and surrounding areas. To remove them we will have to equip ourselves with tweezers, alcohol and cotton.
To reduce the odds of finding ourselves fighting with ticks on our cat's fur you can begin to act on the house and, above all, on the garden, since these parasites love gardens. In the rooms the vacuum cleaner must be passed "mercilessly" on the carpet and floors, but also on cushions, sofas and various fabrics, rugs, above and below.
On the latter I would also use the borax, one cleaning powder not hard to find but hard to escape for ticks. It dehydrates them and kills them slowly: just sprinkle the carpet on it after having previously vacuumed it a bit, letting it work for an hour. Then, go over the vacuum cleaner.
For the various fabrics that the house can present, depending on the decorator's imagination, and which are so popular with ticks, treatment must be rigorous. If possible they should be washed in boiling water: it kills the eggs and keeps them away ticks. Rags, pillow cases and covers, bedspreads and sofa covers ... every week, until there is no more shadow ticks, on your cat's fur and elsewhere.
After cleaning your favorite areas ticks, you can still flush them out of the most diabolical hiding places with non-toxic traps. Just place soap and water in a bowl near a light and the doghouse: any ticks they are attracted to it because of the warm glow of the bulb, and they can then directly collect the corpses, with merciless satisfaction.
An alternative is to attract ticks with the smell: this is what the glue traps. But the best thing is to completely avoid these pests entering the house, which means taking care of the garden properly so as to ensure that it is "Free mint".
So let's make it immediately a "no stray animals zone", this garden of ours, closing the holes in the fence and arranging barriers, making junk and gluttony that can attract them disappear. Also useful eliminate excrement from the lawn and use cedar. It smells unbearable for the ticks: even just some pellets around the garden are very daunting. If, on the other hand, you want to do things right, some cedar barbecue bars, elegant, effective and secretly anti-tick.
If hygienically it is good to water, even better is that the yard is dry and clean. Any piles of wood must be dry and clean. The grass must be cut regularly: in short, the ticks of cats they are ideally ticks of the whole family who have a good job to do to avoid them. :-)
If the garden is still to be designed or reorganized, let's enter ad hoc plants, recommended by the nurseryman, interspersed with areas of gravel or wood chips.
The ticks notoriously they hate water, much more than cats, I assure you. They, at least my two, make a lot of scene, but then ... and it's for a good cause. They will hate you, initially, but the ticks they are the worst of evils. To meet our 4-legged little lovers of compromise, you can use a non-perfumed and non-irritating soap, starting from the most critical areas such as neck and ears. An even more welcome alternative, by cats, not by them ticks of cats, it is shampoo for sale on Amazon in packs of 250 ml for 15 euros.
The grand finale, like it or not, is a beautiful and vigorous one brushed, and let's bow it with a nice collar.
If the cat is wandering and libertine, it will pay for its independence with regular checks on return. Yes, because it is especially after sunset that our cat is likely to find you hate them ticks.
How a mint is made
In the photo below you can see a mint. ... a picture is worth more than 1000 words to understand how it looks! :-)
How to remove a tick from your cat
If you spot a tick, you will need to wear gloves and tweezers to remove it with "do it yourself" methods. After a swipe of alcohol you will have to firmly grab the mint with tweezers and "detach it with a firm movement". I recommend, without crushing it! Once free from the tick, the cat must be kept under observation, and if you are not sure that you have not removed all of them, you can always go to the vet for a check-up.
To prepare a "potion" at home that makes the ticks of cats disappear, protected by a mask, in advance, mix 225 grams of diatomaceous earth with 2 tablespoons of essential oils respectively of eucalyptus, of lemongrass and of lavender.
The first - fossil remains of algae from the diatom family - literally kills the ticks cutting off their protective coating: it penetrates them and makes them dehydrate. The contribution of the oils is instead of a repellent type, to check for any allergies of our cat to one of the three aromas.
Once the mixture is prepared, it should be covered with a cotton cloth until it becomes dry, at which point there salt shaker is its destination: to “dress” the cat's fur as desired. It can also be distributed for the home, on carpets, above all, and on fabrics that we have seen to be the most popular at ticks. No ingredient is toxic to humans or other pets, so be careful, but you can sprinkle with powder.
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