We’ve all heard of the zillions of reasons to keep cats inside a loving home as a means of protecting them from various feline specific diseases and assaults from humans, cars, and bikes. But here’s another very important reason for keeping our cats indoors: Lyme Disease.
Outside cats often catch birds. Recently we learned that birds can be carriers for ticks and Lyme Disease. The bird that Fluffy proudly drops on your pillow or on the doorstep could have multiple ticks. Those loathsome parasites look for a new host when the bird dies. This host could be your cat, it could be you.
How many readers suffer from Lyme disease or know people who are? And how many of those people showed horrible symptoms before the disease was diagnosed and treated? We won’t go into that aspect we just want you to be aware that if your cat goes outside Lyme Disease is added to the list of reasons to keep kitty inside.
Ticks are not just found on deer. Lyme disease carrying ticks can be found on other animals including:
- Other Cats
- Mice and other wild rodents
Ticks are spreading like wildfire and so is Lyme disease. This article talks about how Climate Change is a tick’s best friend and another reason why global heating is our enemy.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease for cats:
- Many cats do not show symptoms – a vet’s exam would detect ticks on the cat’s body
- Lameness of the limbs from inflammation
- Acute lameness which lasts for a few days, generally three or four days, but can reoccur
- The lameness can show up in one leg, then move to another leg
- Kidney problems: be on the lookout for vomiting, less appetite, diarrhea, weight loss, increased urination, thirst, and bloating of the stomach area
- Stiff walk with an arched back
- Sensitive to touch
- Difficulty breathing
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Rare: heart abnormalities and nervous system complications
If your cat or you develop Lyme disease you’ll want a protocol from the veterinarian or MD. Along with their treatment Colloidal Defense can be an ally in killing Lyme Disease. You would use it 3 or 4 times per day. We are told that the most important time of day is to take it at night, right before bed. It’s also important to take it on an empty stomach. You may also apply it topically.