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Cat Flea & Tick


This collection of Cat Flea & Tick articles has been curated for you by Viera East Veterinary Center. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at 321-339-2250.

The Favorite Hiding Places of Ticks

Ticks are the vampire of the pet world. They latch onto your dog or cat, attach themselves and suck their blood until they’re engorged with your pet’s blood. Then they fall off and rest until they’ve digested their meal.

What happens next is they may quietly die, or they may feel ready for another feeding. It depends on the life cycle of the tick, the type of tick, and other such factors.


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Is Year-Round Flea & Tick Prevention Necessary for Cats?

Some years ago, veterinarians recommended cat flea and tick prevention primarily during the summer months unless you lived in a warm climate. The idea was that the sustained cold killed the fleas and ticks.

These days, however, with shifting weather patterns, those fleas & ticks may not die out completely. Besides, if there are any flea pupae (the lifecycle that occurs prior to hatching), already in your home, it probably doesn’t get cold enough to kill them.


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How Fleas and Ticks Can Affect Your Cat

No pet lover wants to see their precious kitty suffering with fleas and ticks. Yet, as every pet lover knows, these nasty parasites are a fact of life when you have furry companions -- this is especially true in the summer months as that’s when they thrive.

All pets are at risk when it comes to fleas and ticks. Even indoor cats. Sometimes cat lovers think they're indoor cats can’t attract fleas or ticks but that’s not true. You can bring ticks in on your clothes and if you have a visiting pet, they could bring fleas with them.

You don’t want that!


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Parasite Prevalence: What's Your Pet's Risk?

We believe that educated pet owners are the best pet owners! To better understand your veterinarian’s parasite prevention recommendations, it is important to know the risks affecting your pet.

Veterinary care recommendations can vary greatly from pet to pet, family to family and location to location. While our doctors’ recommendations are customized to each individual pet and family, certain factors can help us determine a baseline for the preventative tests and treatments we feel best serve our clients and patients.


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