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1. Be seasonally aware

Spring and fall are the peak seasons for ticks, so be especially diligent in checking your cat for ticks at this time. Ticks can drop onto your outdoor cat from trees, tall grass or shrubs. A tick that makes its way inside on your clothing can attach itself to your indoor cat.

2. Limit the risk of exposure

Help keep your cat safe from ticks by keeping him indoors. If your cat is allowed to roam outside, keep the grass mowed and bushes trimmed, and inspect him for ticks when he returns home. Use a medication to deter ticks, or outfit your cat with a tick collar.

3. Know the signs and dangers

Ticks survive by drinking the blood of their “host” animal, so cats with ticks may become lethargic or anemic from the loss of blood. Other signs include fever or loss of appetite. When a tick attaches to your cat, it can transmit diseases, viruses and bacteria into his or her bloodstream. This includes Lyme disease, which affects the joints and lymphatic system, causing fatigue and dehydration.

4. Remove them the right way

Use tweezers to remove the tick from your cat’s skin. Squeeze the tweezers onto the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull it straight out without twisting. Do not crush the tick as you remove it—this could force a release of bacteria into your cat's bloodstream. To kill the tick, put it in rubbing alcohol or insecticide—flushing it won’t kill it. Be sure to wash your hands after handling the tick.

Once the tick is removed, treat the wound with an antiseptic. Watch your cat for the next few days for changes in behavior that could signal disease. If you notice any changes, consult your vet.

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Ingredient Sourcing

  • Purina ingredient sourcing and processing meet or exceed FDA, USDA or AAFCO standards for pet food. And every supplier of ingredients for Purina products must meet our stringent standards for ingredient specifications, product safety, sanitation and manufacturing practices.
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Q: Where is your food manufactured?

A: 99% of all Purina-branded pet food products sold in the U.S. are made in Purina-owned U.S. manufacturing facilities. Purina's sophisticated tracking system ensures important measures of control: All raw ingredients are tracked from time of receipt at our plants, through their inclusion in finished products, and on to retailers.

Q: I am unable to find a particular product in my area. Can you help me locate it?

A: Yes, we can help. Although distribution of our Purina Cat Chow products is national, not all stores carry all sizes and varieties. Contact our Customer Service department via our Contact Us page or call us at 1­-888­-228­-2469.

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A: We offer coupons in local papers, through direct mailing programs and via emails to registered members. We don't have a regular section on our website itself. We suggest you watch for sales or promotions at your local retailer.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We believe there's always more to learn and to share and that discovery should be fun. It's one more way we're helping you and your cat share a better life together. Visit Catipedia for articles and information and... a little bit of fun.

Q: Where can I find articles and information about my cat?

A: We strongly recommend talking to your veterinarian for immediate answers to urgent situations. While CatChow.com is an excellent resource of information provided by cat care experts, your veterinarian can provide the best care for your individual cat..

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