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Our cats are far too important to us to let troublesome ticks be a problem for them. With the right knowledge, we can help protect our cats and the rest of our families from these parasites. 


That’s right, ticks are just as happy to feed off as humans as they are our feline friends. So, here’s the advice our pet experts think all pet parents need to know about ticks to help keep our cats feeling pawfect and keep ticks at bay!



Ticks are arachnids – they have eight legs – and they’re a parasite that bites through skin to feed on the blood of animals and humans. While this might sound unsavoury in itself, the real problem is that while ticks are feeding, they can spread disease.

What ticks look like depends on if they’ve fed or not. They can be as small as a sesame seed before they start feeding and can grow to coffee-bean size once they have fed.

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What kinds of disease can ticks transmit?

The two most serious tick-borne diseases in the UK are babesiosis and Lyme disease. Canine babesiosis only affects dogs while Lyme disease can affect cats, dogs and people – but thankfully it’s rare in cats.

Signs of Lyme disease can include fever, lameness, loss of appetite and lack of energy – find out more about the symptoms of Lyme disease in cats if you think your cat might be at risk. 

If your cat is unwell and has a tick on them now, or has had a tick on them recently, it’s best to seek advice from your vet straight away.

How do cats get ticks?

Cats are most likely to pick up ticks while exploring or hunting (or sleeping!) in vegetated areas like gardens and fields. Get the lowdown on where and how cats get ticks.

Even our indoor cats can get a tick that’s hitchhiked into the house on the clothing of a human family member before falling off the clothing and making its way onto them. We’ve got some specific advice if you’ve found a tick in the house.

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Hand lifting kittens chin

How can I help protect my cat against ticks?

Checking our cats over regularly for these parasites is important – and it can actually be a nice experience too. Combining grooming with checking for ticks can help keep it stress free. 

The other thing to do is use a tick treatment at the recommended treatment. Fortunately, combined flea and tick treatments like FRONTLINE® treatments make this nice and convenient so we can tackle both parasites with one product – and help keep our felines feeling their best.


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