The Plague and Cats

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You can also keep the plague at bay by taking measures to clear your property of rodents and fleas. Rodents are attracted to secure nesting areas. Make it difficult for them to stick around your yard by clearing out piles of leaves, wood, and plant material. Don’t leave pet food outside to attract wild animals. Set traps for rodents around your home. If you find a dead animal in or around your home, don’t handle it without taking precautions.

Hikers and hunters in plague-susceptible areas are warned to wear clothing that keeps them covered. Pulling your socks up over your pants and wearing flea repellent can help you avoid getting sick. Hunters shouldn’t handle animals with their bare hands. Hikers should stay away from prairie dogs.

What To Do If You Suspect Plague

If you or your pet comes down with an unexplained ailment after being outdoors or around wildlife, you might want to get checked out for the plague. Initial symptoms include a general flu-like feeling, with fever, lethargy, and pain. Plague quickly spreads to the lymph nodes, which can become painful and inflamed. The lymph nodes can even abscess. Cats with the plague might stop eating and drinking. You may even notice that your cat’s head and neck appear swollen. Cats with the plague will be isolated and treated with antibiotics.

Should You Be Worried About Plague In Cats?

Plague in cats is rare. Although Yersinia pestis in cats can be deadly, it can be managed if it’s caught and treated early. Paying attention to your cat’s cat health can help you monitor your pet for signs of the disease. Being vigilant also allows you to spot signs of other common feline diseases, such as heartworm and feline leukemia.


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