A veterinarian is urging pet owners to beware of ticks and fleas.
For cats, this is the peak time of year for ticks and fleas. Veterinarian Dr. Linda Schoenberg, of "Just Cats" in South Euclid, feels the best protection is keeping your cat indoors.
"An indoor cat is a healthier cat because it is at lower risk for (being) hit by cars, toxicities from lawn care."
She said felines can also get diseases from mosquitoes, and ticks carry Lyme disease as well as bobcat fever, which can be fatal.
"The biggest issue that we're concerned about for outdoor cats are fleas, heart worm, which they could get from mosquitoes," said Dr. Schoenberg.
She said even for indoor cats, protective medication can prevent your home from being infested by ticks or fleas if your cat gets outside.
These insects can also pass diseases on to humans.
"I would never want to have a flea or even a tick infestation in my home," said Dr. Schoenberg.