|Wandering tabby cat with catch - a rabbit|
A number of diseases are caused by ticks. Another is lyme disease from the deer tick.
The internet reports cases of tularemia in cats in Nebraska, California an Kansas. It is quite possible that it occurs across the USA.
A recent case of a cat infected with tularemia was reported in San Diego, California. The health authorities are warning people to be vigilant and take precautions. Ticks can be picked up in long grass. Removal of ticks from cats has to done with care.