Identifying a Tiny Black and Reddish Bug?

What is this tiny black and reddish bug from my cat?
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June 22, 20200 found this helpful
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That is a tick. Even if you use a flea and tick product on your cat, it won't keep the cat from carrying ticks into the house. I use Frontline, the oily stuff you put on the back of their neck. She has no sign of fleas, but every time she wants to come inside, I go over her body with a flea comb, right in the kitchen on the bare tile floor, and hopefully comb out any hitch-hiking ticks that she recently picked up. I want control of where she drops them in the house. I don't want them dropping off just anywhere. If they were to bite on to her, the Frontline would kill them, but I would rather comb them out of her fur BEFORE they can bite her, or drop off somewhere in the house where I can't see them, and then have them get on me.

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June 22, 20200 found this helpful
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Take it to the vet to verify, but it looks like a tick. Having had a dog with lyme disease, it is important to have the vet look and decide if the cat needs to be treated proactively for Lyme. As the vet if the cat needs a seresto type collar also. I am not a fan of things like this, but my dog wears a seresto.

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The treatment for lyme is an antibiotic. You can often get it in the grocery store cheaper than the vet (same med). Be honest with your vet about costs and they may match the grocery store price.

Post back with an update. Sending healing wishes and prayers for your fur child.

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June 22, 20200 found this helpful
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That is a very small tick that has attached to the cat's skin and is now sucking blood from the cat. This needs to be removed immediately and the cat needs to be checked for more of them. it is hard to find them when they are very small and a lot of times you need to just sit there and touch the cat's skin or use a flea and tick comb on the cat. A lot of time the comb works well if you can get it at the right angle. Most of the time you need to check yourself and pull them off and kill them. You can buy some products that help you do this to make it easier.

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June 25, 20200 found this helpful
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Pictures do not really show the bug but it would seem that it is a tick if you have a cat that goes outside.

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It appears that you have several and that is unusual but can happen.
First priority is to check your cat thoroughly to find any remaining ticks and read how to remove them safely as you should not usually just 'pull' them off.
Also, be sure to check your cat daily to see if there is a reaction from where you found ticks or from a red spot a tick made before jumping off as these can easily get infected or the tick could be a carrier of the Lyme disease.

There must be ticks in the area your cat is roaming which means you will have to check her/him thoroughly each time they come into the house.

Here are some links that explain how to remove a tick and how to kill them as they will not usually die by stepping on them or even flushing them.

www.bobvila.com/.../

www.bluecross.org.uk/.../cats-and-ticks

animals.howstuffworks.com/.../home-remedies-for-cats-with-ticks...

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June 22, 20200 found this helpful

This could be mites. Here is a link to the different types of insects that love cats and dogs.

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All of these are irritating to your animal and family. Here's the link - www.cuteness.com/.../types-bugs-found-cats

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