Fleas and ticks are problem for cats as well as dogs, says Dr. Michael Dryden, veterinary parasitologist Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Listen HERE on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show, as Dr. Dryden emphatically notes why cat need protection, even indoor cats.
“I see a lot of indoor cats that are infested with fleas,” Dryden says.
He says you can go out to get the mail – and not even own a dog (therefore you can’t blame the dog), and return with a flea that jumped of your pant leg and goes on to the unprotected cat. If that flea is pregnant, your in trouble. If you bring in more than a single flea, off are the flea life cycle explosion will happen right under your nose. This can even happen 20 or 30 stories up.
And cats with fleas, he says, do suffer!
PLEASE protect our cats, he implores.
Outdoor cats also need to protected against tick disease, particularly cytauxzoonosis because that disease is often fatal. Even for the cats that do live, treatment is expensive.
“Why do we let cats outside, and not protect them?” Dryden wonders. “It’s wrong – it’s like cats are second class citizens.” We protect dogs (at least often we do) but why not cats?