How to Get Rid of Ticks on Cats

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Ticks are easy to catch, but simple to treat in most cases.
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Besides making your cat uncomfortable, ticks can transmit a number of serious and contagious diseases, both viral and bacterial, into your pet's bloodstream when it bites. Most of these diseases are characterized by similar symptoms, including fever, bleeding, poor appetite and a low platelet count.

Ticks can cause hypersensitivity and anemia in cats, and impact the feline immune, lymphatic and nervous systems. Cats can also contract the widely known Lyme disease from ticks, though this is less common. Signs of Lyme disease in cats include lethargy, dehydration, swollen lymph nodes and joint swelling.

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