Comparing species diversity of ectoparasite in cats between UNIMAS campus…
Comparing species diversity of ectoparasite in cats between UNIMAS campus and Desa Ilmu
A survey of ectoparasites will be conducted in two different sites, in 6 different colleges in UNIMAS and random sites in Desa Ilmu. The study will be conducted from September 2018 to May 2019. The most common ectoparasites in cats are
Keypoints: ectoparasites, cats, Desa Ilmu, UNIMAS
Brief introduction of cats. Example, the scientific name of cat is
. They are from family Felidae.
Definition of ectoparasites = Organisms that live outside of their host body and feed on them
Examples of ectoparasites of cats: Fleas, ticks, mites etc
Diseases they cause. Example fleas can cause severe irritation, hair loss, and inflamed or secondarily infected skin.
Explain the habitat of both sites
To study and record the significant difference of species diversity of ectoparasites in cats between Desa Ilmu and UNIMAS campus.
Studies of ectoparasites of cats have been previously conducted by some researcher.
Cats harbor various species of ectoparasites that are harmful to their own health and human (Krecek, Moura, Lucas & Kelly, 2010).
According to Ahmad (2013), there is a significant difference between ectoparasites from an urban area and rural area. The urban area shows higher species diversity of ectoparasites compared to the rural area.
Sample size of 30 cats from each site is sampled
3 to 4 "stray" cats will be sampled from 6 different college in UNIMAS campus
30 "owned" cats will be randomly sampled in Desa Ilmu area
Random sampling. All samples caught by hand. Use cat food pellet as bait to ease sampling.
Cats will be placed on a white cloth and the ectoparasites will be removed using a fine comb. Gathered ectoparasites will be kept in vial filled with 70% ethanol. Captured cats will be tagged with collar and released.
The ectoparasites will be viewed under microscope slides.
The research will be carried out from September 2018 to May 2019
Proposal writing and presentation
final report and presentation
Accept Ha, reject H0
is the most common ectoparasite to host on cats of both areas
Ahmad, N. I. I. (2013).
A survey of ectoparasites on domestic cat (Felis catus linnaeus, 1758) from rural and urban area.
Kota Samarahan, Sarawak: Faculty of Resource Science and Technology UNIMAS.
R.C. Krecek, L. Moura, H. Lucas, P. Kelly. (2010). Parasites of stray cats (Felis domesticus L., 1758) on St. Kitts, West Indies.
Veterinary Parasitology 172 (2010)
147–149. Retrieved from
Investigate species diversity of ectoparasites in cats between Desa Ilmu and UNIMAS campus.
Ho : There is no significant difference between the species diversity of ectoparasite in cats in Unimas campus and Desa Ilmu
Ha : There is significant difference between the species diversity of ectoparasite in cats in Unimas campus and Desa Ilmu