Kansas State University clinical associate professor and veterinarian Susan Nelson says lone star ticks, not just the American dog tick, can carry bobcat fever, formally known as Cytauxzoon felis, and that means more cats are at risk for the potentially fatal disease. Humans and other animals aren't at risk. Cats can develop lethargy, dehydration, fever and loss of appetite, among other symptoms. Because some cats die of the infection despite treatment and no vaccine exists, Dr. Nelson notes that it's essential to prevent tick exposure to help protect cats.

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