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Do cats have lice and how to remove small parasites from pet hair

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Let us see if cats have lice and, if so, how can we get rid of them ...

Lice in cats are quite common parasites, but even especially attentive owners do not always notice these insects in time due to their small size, inactivity and generally secretive lifestyle. Very often, cat lice infect an animal when fleas are already parasitizing on it, and therefore fleas, clearly visible, very mobile and constantly jumping, create a kind of disguise to the lice. The presence of itching in cats, dermatitis on the skin, and other problems, is also often attributed to fleas.

It is not surprising that many owners do not even know if cats have lice, and having met these pet parasites for a long time, they doubt whether it really is.

Having met such an insect in cat's fur, many owners cannot understand whether it has lice.

Unknowing owners of pet cat lice sometimes take ordinary fleas

Meanwhile, the presence of lice in a cat can be very dangerous for a pet. With a serious infection, the animal constantly experiences intolerable itching, itches and scratches the skin in places of the most intense irritations.If time does not take action, lice can lead to hair loss in cats, baldness and the development of her dermatitis.

If you do not take action against head lice, they can cause a lot of trouble to the cat.

Moreover, lice carry helminth eggs, as a result of which, in an infected animal, helminth infections and general exhaustion are associated with skin lesions. Therefore, a really caring owner definitely needs to know the "enemy" in person, and also be able to lice out in a cat if infected by it.

About how these parasites look and what to do if your favorite pet picked them up, we will talk further.


Cat Lice: The Parasite Detail

Felicola subrostratus, a parasite that specializes in nourishing the upper peeling skin and hair, is called cat louse. Only very rarely does a cat louse feed on blood on accidental wounds and scratches. Biting a cat and drinking its blood as a head louse on a person does is not capable of lashing. However, with their strong jaws, the lice in cats and cats constantly gnaw off pieces of the skin in an animal and cause severe itching.

Photo of the cat eater:

Cat louse is very different from human lice

So, cats have lice, which it would be more correct to call lashes, and typical blood-sucking louses (head, pubic and linen) on cats do not parasitize.

The human louse (in the photo) on cats does not parasitize

Lice in cats look like very small, elongated, but rather dense insects with a large triangular-shaped head. The photo shows the eater under the microscope - it has a clearly visible deep notch on the front of the head, which is ideal for capturing the hair and biting it off:

Cat lice under the microscope

The following photo shows cat lice directly on the animal's fur:

Voyoedy on animal fur

Lice and fleas in cats are easily distinguished from each other by body color - lice have a light yellow, almost white color, and fleas are dark brown, almost black. In addition, lice are inactive and do not know how to jump.

Photo of cat flea:

The photo shows a cat flea.

The way of life of cat lice is quite similar to the way of life of human lice. Insects spend most of their time attaching their legs to the hair at their base, and for feeding they descend onto the animal's skin and bite it, biting off pieces of the epidermis.

Females lice lay eggs covered with thick mucous membrane, crawling over the hair. Immediately after exiting the oviduct, this mucous secret envelops the hair and quickly hardens - this is how a nit is formed, from which, in a few days, the young louse, which differs from adults only in size, will emerge.Nits in cats come across the eyes more often than lice, and are a good diagnostic sign of these parasites.

On the photo - nits cat:

Feline lice eggs (nits) are firmly glued to the hairs of the wool by a special secret hardening in air

In greatest quantities, cat lice accumulate on the head, neck, and near the base of the tail.

On a note

Everything types of lice very specific to their owners. This means that cat lice cannot parasitize a person, and human cats' lice in wool will die within a few days. Therefore, a person cannot get lice from a cat, and vice versa - the cat is not threatened with lice infestation from a patient with head lice. Also not dangerous for cats lice in cattle.

Lice infect any cats other than hairless animals. In this case, they are most often found in street cats, as well as pets with very long and thick hair.


Symptoms of an animal louse infection

The complex of symptoms that occur in an animal after infection with lice is called trikhodektoz, and in veterinary medicine it is considered a separate parasitic disease.

The photo shows the scratching on the ears of a cat, caused by lice bites.

Cat eaters have a characteristic triangular shape and legs with claws with which they cling to the fur

The following are typical symptoms of lice in an animal:

  • the cat has a constant severe itching, the animal itches, does not find a place for itself.
  • Wool begins to pour heavily from the animal.Especially a lot of it appears on the litter and where the Kosha spends a lot of time during the day.
  • A large amount of lice excrement appears in the pet's hair - small black dots, which are especially noticeable on the light hair, if you separate your hair with your fingers.
  • Signs of dermatitis appear on certain parts of the animal's body — crusts on the skin, cracks, redness.

But the main diagnostic sign, by which one can say for sure if a cat has lice, are insects themselves. If there is a suspicion of infection, it is usually sufficient to take a few minutes to find the parasites in especially itchy areas of the pet's body.

In the photo - cat lice with serious infection. A large amount of excrement on the skin of an animal catches the eye:

A large amount of louse excrement is clearly visible on the cat's light hair.

As a rule, it rarely comes to serious infection with head lice in adult cats and cats, and parasites die when fleas or ticks are killed. But in advanced cases, especially in animals suffering from other infectious diseases, lice multiply in large numbers and can lead to complete baldness of the cat.

The photo below shows a few examples of the effects of copious breeding lice in cats:

Such irritation on the skin may indicate the presence of a large number of parasites in the pet's coat.

Scratches on the skin of the animal, wounds and sores can also indicate the presence of parasites


Rules and means of removing lice in cats

To remove lice in a cat, you can use the same drugs that are used to remove fleas:

  • drops on withers Hartz, Frontline, Bayer, Bars - they are rubbed into the skin of the animal at the base of the skull or in several places along the spine, after which the existing parasites on the animal die, and new ones do not attack for at least a few weeks. Special cat head lice drops are not available, but flea drops do a great job.Drops from fleas Leopard also suitable for treating cats from lice
  • Insecticoacaricidal sprays Blochnet, Hartz, Frontline and others - they treat animal hair all over the body and do not wash from several hours to several days.Hartz spray can treat a cat from both lice and fleas and ticks
  • Shampoos for fleas Lugovoy, Phytoelite, Rolf Club, with which the cat bathes the same way as with simple means for grooming.Insecticidal shampoo Lugovoy

Given the resistance of nits to most insecticides, the treatment of the animal for lice usually has to be repeated 10-14 days after the first hatching (during this time, young lice larvae hatch).

You can also use flea collars to remove lice if they do not cause an allergic reaction in the animal. Collars are very convenient because they do not require additional special treatments of the animal with insecticidal preparations and at the same time destroy the lice, and protect against reinfection. Very effective collars Kiltix, Hartz, Barsik.

Hartz cat collar for fleas and ticks

In veterinary clinics for lice are usually used 0.1-0.2% solutions of Stomazan or Butox. At home, it is better not to use them.

After the successful removal of the cat's lice, worms should also be etched.


Safety in breeding parasites: what you need to know?

When removing lice in cats, you should always carefully study the instructions for the drug that you plan to use, and get acquainted with all the contraindications and side effects. Thus, permethrin insecticide preparations are dangerous enough for cats and can cause animal intoxication, increased salivation.

Permethrin-based lice preparations can cause severe drooling in a cat or cat.

But even with the absolutely correct application of one or another remedy, with the individual sensitivity of the animal, it may have various side effects:

  1. Muscle tremor
  2. Lethargy
  3. Nervous excitement
  4. Allergy to the skin.

Usually such reactions pass quickly enough, but when they appear, the use of the agent should be stopped, and when the effect is enhanced, the pet should be shown to the veterinarian.

In case of severe reactions to insecticidal agents in a pet, it is necessary to show it to the veterinarian.

In the future, you need to make sure that the cat is not in contact with homeless or sick animals, and when you go out or had a louse collar, or was treated with fleas on withers.Such precautions will reliably protect the animal from lice infestation and will relieve the owner from the unpleasant troubles of removing parasites.


Useful video: choose a parasite treatment for your pet


How and what to treat a cat from parasites at home


To write "Do cats have lice and how to remove small parasites from pet hair" 12 comments
  1. Tatyana:

    I have always believed that dogs and cats are not lice, but fleas. We treat our dog with a flea and tick spray once a month, and everything seems to be fine.

  2. Must:

    I recently noticed that my cat has lice. I looked, and mom said - you need to throw the cat. And I love the cat and appreciate, help the cat to return ((

    • Alyona:

      Throw out a cat because of parasites? What kind of nonsense? You are responsible for the cat that you have tamed, so please treat her and take care of her!

    • Anonymous:

      And if you suddenly have lice, will your mom throw you away like a cat?

    • Anonymous:

      What kind of nonsense, took responsibility, it means that you must treat it, you are responsible for it.

    • Anonymous:

      What kind of cruelty? Throw out, if the lice in animals ... You too will throw their children into the street, if they get sick? You cannot start anybody at all, neither animals, nor families!

    • Oleg:

      Buy your cat a drop on the withers, such as BARS - and the parasites will disappear. And for the offer to throw a cat, better throw your mom away 🙂

  3. Yuliya:

    Hello, help ... A grandmother in the village picked up a cat, and even these nits in her hair along its entire length! What to do? Launched very much, is it possible to withdraw them? ((

  4. Julia:

    I have almost the same situation (I came to my dad in the village and found a cat lice along the entire length of my hair). Home is not allowed due to the fact that the wool pulls out due to severe itching. And these lice ((He says he will throw him out. Can I get rid of them at home? And as quickly as possible, I love this cat very much (

  5. Ajelika:

    Is it possible to catch lice from a cat?

  6. Angelica:

    Can cats have lice like humans?

  7. Zulfira:

    My cat has some kind of disease, but veterinarians either do not want to do this, or are powerless - so for a few years I was not able to recognize what it is. The cat has been chuhaing for a long time and, one can say, a whole year. Constantly walks in the collar. We spend two-three months of summer in the country. Gave birth twice, now sterilized. Over the last month I have brushed my back above the tail to scratch the blood, and tore out the hair in sections. I noticed only one insect, similar to a weevil, and not for the first time, I can not catch it. Recently, a shot was taken from a hypodermic tick and from allergies. Now, it seems to be calmer, there is no such thing, but this parasite lives on it, today I saw it again. From the pictures I could not determine what it is and what to fight against.Peel in bare spots flakes off.

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