You probably already know that mosquitoes can transmit diseases to humans, but did you know that mosquitoes can also be harmful to your cat? Below, learn how mosquitoes can hurt your furry feline and what to do to protect your cat.
Mosquito Bite Hypersensitivity
Mosquito bite hypersensitivity occurs when a cat’s immune system experiences a reaction to a mosquito bite. Characterized by lesions or ulcers at the site of the bite, mosquito bite hypersensitivity also may cause the pads of the feet to become red and swollen. Other symptoms include fever and swollen lymph nodes. Milder cases typically resolve themselves on their own as long as cats are protected from mosquitoes. In severe cases, cats are treated with corticosteroids.
Feline Heartworm Disease
Feline heartworm disease is a potentially fatal condition caused by a parasitic worm that is transmitted by mosquitoes. The worm lives in the blood vessels and hearts of infected animals. Symptoms include coughing, lethargy, fainting, vomiting, and difficulty breathing. Feline heartworm disease can be difficult to diagnose because it mirrors the symptoms of other cat illnesses. There is no known cure for feline heartworm disease, though some veterinarians utilize supportive therapy as a method of treatment.
To protect your cat from mosquito bite hypersensitivity and feline heartworm disease, be sure to take measures to control mosquitoes in and around your home. Eliminate sources of stagnant water, change water bowls often, and avoid using insect repellents that contain DEET, a chemical that is harmful to pets.
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