Thursday, June 21, 2007

More on Ehrlichia

In doing a little more searching about ehrlichia, the tick-borne disease that was fatal for Daisy, I found that it can infect cats.

Although a bit clinical, these 2 links give information on symptoms. I also found several sites saying over-the-counter flea/tick treatments may be ineffective or even toxic to the animal!!

I'm trying to find information about effective prevention, not treatment after infection when it may already be too late to save the cat.

The Crew NEVER goes out so I'm not concerned about them, but I know a several cats in our blogging community do spend a lot of time outdoors and this disease is killing animals in North America right now!


At June 21, 2007 6:40 PM, Blogger Derby said...

The Crew may not go outside, but they so at time associate with the woofies who do. So if an undetected tick would move from Shasta to one on The Crew.... well, who knows.

Mum asked the vet about this and he said that as long as I didn't go outside AND did not associate with other animals who did, only then could I skip the flea and tick stuff.

Purrs, Derby

At June 21, 2007 7:05 PM, Blogger The Meezers said...

oh my goodness - we doesn't go outside, but we does get Revolution every month because fleas get into our house.

At June 22, 2007 12:29 AM, Blogger Dragonheart said...

Thank you for letting us know about this terrible disease. I only go outside on my harness or in my stroller but maybe I shouldn't even go out on my harness anymore.

At June 22, 2007 5:02 AM, Blogger sammawow-china cat-willow said...

Wow, that is scary. Thanks for posting this very important information. We are both indoor cats but we do go into the screened-in porch almost every day.

Purrrrs, China Cat & Willow

At June 22, 2007 5:07 AM, Blogger sammawow-china cat-willow said...

Oh, we also meant to say how sorry we were to read about Daisy. And we hope that Shasta is OK. Our prayers are with your family.

Purrrrrrs, China Cat & Willow

At June 22, 2007 5:36 AM, Blogger jcfloresinc said...

Oh my, that's not good. Me and Tigger go outside all the time. I'm getting Mom to check this out further. Thanks for the heads up.
Samantha, Tigger and Mom

At June 22, 2007 8:51 AM, Blogger Victor Tabbycat said...

My beans went to a pick nick an that nite, Mom founded a tick on her (it was tickling, not biting yet) an the boy founded anofur that prolly fell offa hims clothes. So EFUN OUR BEANS can carry ticks home on accident.

Oh, this is furry scary. I don't fink efun tuff Bonnie can protect us from this!

At June 22, 2007 9:13 AM, Blogger Smeagol & Strider (Mystery & Gizmo too!) said...

We're so sorry about Daisy, we're sendin' purrs for you all.

Thanks for lettin' us know 'bout this. We (S&S) don't usually go outside (Strider escapes sometimes), but Gizmo is (semi) feral and lives outside, and we have other kitties and woofies in our extended family who also go outside.

Thanks for the purrthday wishes, too!

At June 22, 2007 9:54 AM, Anonymous Cheysuli said...

I think the meezers are right--some of the flea treatments kill ticks too.

Personally, I'm not letting my humanout of the house so one can't jump on her. I hate being treated for ANYTHING.

At June 22, 2007 12:22 PM, Blogger Fritzamus Maximus said...

We are very sorry to hear about Daisy. We don't ever go outside but it is important information to know about tick-borne diseases. Thanks for posting it!

At June 22, 2007 4:37 PM, Blogger Forty Paws said...

We're very sorry to hear about Daisy. Thank you for posting this information.

Luf, Us

At June 22, 2007 4:50 PM, Blogger Cyclone Cats said...

Ticks are scary bizness. Thanks for posting about this!

Thanks for your pawsitive thoughts for Conner!

At June 22, 2007 10:35 PM, Blogger Zoey and the furballs (the Zoo Crew) said...

Wow that's scary stuff. We go outside sometimes so we needed the news. That's for sharing.

At June 23, 2007 8:38 AM, Blogger Kukka-Maria said...

Maybe my Agent's right about not letting us go outside.

Don't tell her I said that...

At June 23, 2007 9:35 PM, Blogger Tara said...

This is really scary! Thanks for the info. I love to go out, and fortunately there are no tick in our area. But when we to to our mountain house, sometimes I get to go out in my harness in areas where there might be ticks. I've told Mom to read this very carefully!

At June 25, 2007 2:31 AM, Blogger caricature said...

hey thanks for the information - outdoor cats are definitely face lot more threats and tick-borne diseases are one of them - informative post.


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