Bobcat fever is a tick transmitted disease that is highly fatal to domestic cats. Dr. Anna Coffin and the staff at Guthrie Pet Hospital diagnose several cases of this disease every year. Learn more about Bobcat fever and how to stop it dead in its tracts with Seresto collar.[Tweet “Bobcat fever is a tick transmitted disease that is highly fatal to domestic cats.”]
Cytauxzoon felis is the tick transmitted organism that causes the illness Cytauzoonosis, also known as bobcat fever. Bobcats are the main host and reservoir of this organism. The Lone Star Tick and the American Dog Tick transmit the disease to cats. These ticks will feed on an infected bobcat and then will transmit the organism to a domestic cat during its next feeding.
Cats with bobcat fever may present with high fever, difficulty breathing, depression, dehydration, anorexia, anemia, and jaundice that often rapidly progresses to below normal body temperature, recumbency, coma, and death. Even with aggressive supportive care, death rate is greater than 50% and typically occurs within one week of the cat developing symptoms. For more information on this disease and other parasites visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council.
The best way to protect your cat from this disease is strict adherence to routine applications of products that kill ticks. Dr. Coffin’s recommends the Seresto Collar by Bayer for 2 reasons:
- There is no need to remember monthly applications and it provides a reliable 8 months’ worth of protection
- It’s one of the few products available that actually repels and kills ticks. If the tick doesn’t attach, then it can’t transmit these deadly disease.
If your cat is not used to collars, please carefully observe your cat when it’s wearing a collar the first few days, especially when the cat is not used to having a collar around its neck. Make sure the Seresto collar fits securely but not too tightly. As a general guide, it should be possible to insert two fingers between the collar and the neck. It’s also important to make sure that the collar is not loose enough for a cat to put its leg through.
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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family. Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and therefore, treat every four legged friend as part of the family.
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