Cat Owners - A Deadly Threat May Be Crawling In Your Yard

Real Estate Agent

Many of us have one or more kitties in our homes.  We become very attached to these affectionate felines and share our lives with them. 
Bob Cat
The list of horrendous disases which can be fatal to them has grown over the years.  The latest disease to catch my attention is Cytauxzoonosis or Bob Cat Fever.

The disease is caused by a parasite which infects the Bob Cat.  The Bob Cat does not die from it but becomes a host. 

Ticks suck the blood of the Bob Cat, fall off and perhaps next attach to the family cat.  The tick is the carrier.  Domestic cats once stricken with this deadly disease rarely survive.

  • As we enter Spring the season begins for ticks and lasts until early fall.  Because of our mild winter the crop of new ticks this year may be much higher than usual.

Cats who roam outdoors and near wooded areas are most at risk.  There is no cure for this disease.  Fevers can range as high as 108 degrees.  At that rate organ damage is inevitable.

Be sure to safeguard your cat by keeping it indoors, and not allowing it to roam your yard or in nearby woods.

  • Bob Cats are found in just about every state in the United States.  Read the following article for more information on the symptoms of the disease and prevention.  Full Article


Comments (17)

Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Bonnie - I had no idea, and currently have 3 indoor/outdoor cats, and one indoor kitten; thanks for the info.

Mar 22, 2012 09:30 PM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I pick up a few myself playing golf. . .since my ball stays in the high grassy areas most of the time. .Before entering my house I have to be very careful


Mar 22, 2012 09:47 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Carol:  I've read some blogs where cat owners lost one or more cats in quick succession.  If the infected ticks are in an area every cat is prey to them.  Cats clean themselves much better than dogs so finding the tick may be hard for the owner. The owner may not suspect the cat even had a tick and does not relay it to the Vet.

The cat just becomes sick.  The symptoms appear to be other diseases. By the time the other diseases are eliminated the cat is in such dire distress there is no hope.  Once in a great while it is diagnosed immediately and a cat may survive.  The cost to the pet owner can be huge.

Mar 22, 2012 10:24 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Fernando  You make another valuable point. We can bring them in the house or our kids out playing can cart them in.  Ticks can hide in your clothes easily.  The disease as of yet does not affect humans or dogs.

Mar 22, 2012 10:26 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Bonnie- did not know that but if i had a cat I wouldn't want to let them out.  We inspect my husband's clohtes, shoes and socks when he comes in from his hikes. 

Mar 24, 2012 10:54 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Kathy,  Ticks are able to transmit many diseases.  Lyme disease or deer tick fever do adversely affect humans.  Ticks rank number two behind the mosquito for transmitting serious disease to animals and humans.

Even cats who never leave the house can be infected if the tick is carried into the environment.

Mar 24, 2012 11:20 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wow, that is pretty scary.  I'm glad I have indoor cats (I'm in an apartment in an urban area so no bob cats here nor opportunity for my cats to go outside), but I have many customers who do have cats that go outside once you venture about 5 mins from where I live.

Mar 24, 2012 09:53 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Debbie:  Your customers may be glad to know this information.  While you live in an apartment, you could pick up ticks while you were at a park or near wooded areas, and bring them in your home.

Bobcats have roamed into neighborhoods in Los Angeles in search of food.  They are all over the US.

Feel free to copy any of my blog and pass it along to friends and relatives who may live close to wooded areas


Mar 24, 2012 10:20 PM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Bonnie, I have a 10 year old cat who is indoor outdoor (more indoor than out these days) but there is no way that I can keep him from going outside. He would tear up the inside of my house (not to mention the spraying part...). Hopefully they will develop a vaccine for this. Thanks for the tip! Will tell my other cat owner friends.


Mar 25, 2012 11:55 AM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Sharon:  It's hard to check up on cats for ticks.  Their coats are not that easy to get through.  My cats are indoor but we can put them at risk coming back from wooded properties. 

Good Luck with your guy - I know how set in their ways cats can be.

Mar 25, 2012 01:12 PM
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Bonnie - that's why I keep my cats captive in my home. They never go outside and wouldn't know what to do there. Too many bacteria, viruses, etc.

Mar 25, 2012 10:21 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Toni:  I'm with you.  My guys never go out.  Besides the threat of disease I worry about them being hit by a car.  I'd never let them go out.

Mar 25, 2012 11:29 PM
Caprice Couselle Realtor Morristown Homes For Sale
Keller Williams Realty - Morristown, NJ
First Time Home Buyers,Relocation,Horse Farms


Thank you for the information. I had never heard of this disease before reading your blog. Mine are not allowed  out anymore much to their dismay. I will let my clients know as well.


Mar 26, 2012 12:08 PM
Bonnie Vaughan
Scranton, PA
CNE SFR - Buyers/Sellers - Lackawanna & Surroundin

Caprice:  Feel free to copy my blog and pass it along. I was not aware of this either until I saw a small article in my local paper.  Then I did some research.  Google it and see how many articles exist.

Mar 26, 2012 07:13 PM
Carla Harbert
Full Time REALTOR in Ohio - Brunswick, OH
RE/MAX Omega, Brunswick Ohio

Cat lover here - and I have always kept my cats indoors since I was afraid of diseases or other animals that could "eat" them. I never heard of this - interesting. I'll pass this info onto my son whose cat is both indoor/outdoor.

Apr 13, 2012 12:32 PM
Andrew Capelli
Troy, MI

Bonnie: If you have bobcats in your neighborhood, you should also be worried about dogs and small children, too- and not just because of ticks!  Thanks for the tip, though!  :)

Apr 28, 2012 03:23 AM
Jim Brooks
Highrises & Condos by The Brooks Team - Las Vegas, NV


 Interesting post, I had no idea that this was such a viable threat.

Apr 30, 2012 07:05 AM