I was recently petting my cat and noticed a tiny red bug moving in its fur. It was very tiny, probably about 1 mm long, and looked like a very tiny beetle. Recently, she ran outside (we don't let her do this normally) and before we could get her, she went into this tiny well-like drainage system at the end of our driveway. She stayed in there for a bit before we finally got her as she was coming out, but she was very dirty afterwards and we gave her a big bath to make sure she didn't get fleas/ticks. Anyway, I am wondering could this be ticks or fleas? I'm very new to having a pet, and I'm not really sure what I should do. Should I take her to the vet, or is there some other thing I can do?
I don;'t think it is a tick. Ticks aren't usually red. What I think it is is a rec velvet mite. I have seen these in my garden and they live outside in gardens, wooded areas, etc. They are VERY small, whereas a tick is larger. If your cat goes outside, there is the chance of picking them up. They are not harmful that I know of, just you don;'t want them setting up house and raising a family in your cat's fur. Best to leave the cat indoors if you ask me. Much safer for many reasons. Here is a link.
Thanks! I have been looking around her fur, haven't seen anything. I think I'll give her another bath just to make sure nothing is there (she's going to hate me for this!! haha).
I never let her go out, but she always finds a way to sneak out. I'll open the door and she tries to get outside if I'm not looking at her. She just loves the outdoors, but it's too risky to let her go out (she always gets herself into trouble!).
No worries. just keep in mind that those baths are concentrated pesticide and you should give some time, usually weeks, before doing it again. Follow the instructions on the label. If you do it too soon it can have really serious detrimental effects on her nervous system, among other things.
Those baths are supposed to repel and/or kill ticks for weeks afterwards. It can take a little time to drop off, which is why you probably saw it, but it should be long gone.
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