Lyme Disease Is A Tick
Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that affects a variety of species. It is very rarely seen in cats and dogs. Cats can become infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Many cats do not show signs of the disease, so diagnosis can be tricky. Lyme disease affects the joints and muscles of cats. The symptoms are similar to dogs and humans, although not as severe as in humans. If your cat develops these symptoms during the warm weather season when the tick are active, see your vet. Many other tick-related diseases are prevalent in the northeastern U. S. that can affect cats. Lyme can cause a number of maladies in a cat. The bacteria may be causing inflammation of the kidney, which negatively affects the way it filters the cat's blood and toxins. Ticks can also spread the bacteria by feeding on infected mice and other small animals. Lyme is transmitted by the deer tick (also called Ixodes scapularis or the black-legged tick) and a group of other closely related tick species. The exact tick species varies by location. A deer tick is small enough to bite animals and people. Because so few cats develop symptoms after infection with Borrferi, a diagnosis of lyme disease must be based on a combination of factors. An antibody test is not enough to make a diagnosis on its own. Also, not all cats exposed to Borrelias burgorferi get sick. Tick control is very important for prevention of tick disease. Check outdoor cats daily for tickles. As soon as possible remove them. Products that kill ticks should also be used in cats at risk of being bitten. Be sure to keep grass and brush trimmed in your yard and remove leaf litter. . . .