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      Keeping your cat from getting a bacterial disease

      <p>Feline Tularemia is a bacterial disease that cats can get from mosquito or tick bites.</p><p> </p>

      With spring and summer just around the corner, there's something that can make your cat sick.

      Feline Tularemia is a bacterial disease that cats can get from mosquito or tick bites.

      It's most common in the Midwest from May through August. That's when the climate is more friendly for these pests.

      There are some symptoms that you should look out for.

      "Typically if your cat has gone off in appetite and laying around more than usual. If you notice them being more lethargic and feverish. If they have a tender abdomen, anything along those lines. It's a good sign we should be having a good look at them," said Jenny Lindquist, D.V.M. from Lindquist Veterinary Care Center.

      Lindquist also said the disease can be transmitted to humans through a cat scratch or bite.

      That's why veterinarians suggest using flea and tick prevention products to keep the pests off your cat. You should use those products every 30 days.

      Also, limit outdoor time for your cats and try to keep your doors and windows closed as much as possible.

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