Fleas & Ticks
There are several parasites that affect cats, but the most common are fleas and ticks. You should examine your cat for these parasites every time you groom him, or at least once a week. Indoor cats have a very small chance of acquiring these creatures, but they should be regularly checked anyway, just in case.
If your cat has fleas, you will rarely see an actual flea, but only the droppings they leave behind. These tiny droppings will be found at the base of your cat’s fur. If you think your cat has fleas, take a trip to the veterinarian as soon as possible. She can recommend the best method of treatment for ridding both your cat and your home of fleas.
Ticks are bloodsuckers that will bury themselves in your cat’s fur, particularly in the neck and ear areas. Cats will remove most ticks during regular cleaning, but sometimes a tick will imbed itself in a spot that is hard to reach. If you find a tick on your cat, grasp it with tweezers and pull it out slowly. Then, apply an antiseptic to prevent infection. Don’t use other home remedies (such as matches or alcohol) that could potentially be harmful to your pet. If you don’t feel comfortable removing the tick yourself, your veterinarian can do the job.