Where Cat Fleas and Ticks Strike

See the Companion Animal Parasite Council's map to find cat tick and flea infestations in your area.

By CatChannel Editors | Posted: June 21, 2013, 12 p.m. EDT

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This year, cats are at higher risk of Lyme disease.
The threat of Lyme disease will be especially high this year, according to the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s annual forecast. The CAPC forecasts, developed in partnership with Clemson University statisticians, point to the highest prevalence rates of Lyme disease in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, the upper Midwest and isolated areas of the Pacific Northwest, calling for increased monitoring and awareness.

Find cat parasite prevalence in your area with CAPC maps >>

The maps can help you understand the risk of parasites in your home area, as well as potential infestations in areas around the country where you might visit.

See why cats are at higher risk of Lyme disease this year >>

Clinical signs of dog and cat Lyme disease include limping, lymph node swelling, fever, loss of appetite, painful joints, and general lethargy. Treatment with antibiotics usually clear up signs in cats that have become ill, but veterinarians believe the infection remains for life.

Spot the Top 10 signs of cat fleas >>

Because ticks can be carriers of many diseases, including Lyme disease, it is essential that you visit your cat's veterinarian regularly for checkups and maintain parasite prevention year round.

The CAPC bases its pet parasite forecasts on several factors, including temperature, precipitation, humidity, elevation, forest cover, population density, reported Lyme disease cases and other factors.
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J    lakeview, NY

6/26/2013 12:53:54 PM


I don't really let my cat go outside, but when I had the other cats [before the one I have now], they would go outside on our sidewalk for a bit [with someone watching them], especially in the summer time when it's nice out.

Jenny    Monticello, MN

6/23/2013 11:16:47 AM

I am keeping my 3 cats indoor this summer because of the fleas, ticks, parasites and overheating.

K    Cheektowaga, NY

6/22/2013 12:40:26 PM


Bill    Lexington, FL

6/21/2013 3:53:59 PM

Great information~

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