Is your cat itching? Can you see small dark speckles in its fur? Do you have small bites around your ankles?
These are all signs that your cat has fleas; the most common flea found on your pets will be the cat flea. But don’t panic, by using modern treatments it’s now possible to keep those pesky fleas under control. It is important to take action against fleas as soon as possible, though many cats live with fleas and can show a minimal amount of infestation, if not treated they can cause terrible health issues for your pets.
- Fleas feed on cat blood which is extremely uncomfortable for your cat, and in young kittens this can weakness, anemia or even death.
- Some dogs and cat may develop an allergy to flea bites, this will cause them to scratch excessively or develop a skin disease.
- Cat fleas carry the larval stage of tapeworm, some cats whilst grooming may eat the fleas which could cause the cat to be infested with these worms.
- Cat fleas can cause itchy bites on humans, especially around the ankles.
An adult flea will live on your pet permanently; they can survive on their host for up to six months and have a life span of around two years. After two days of finding a host the adult female flea will start to lay eggs around 50 a day. These eggs will start to fall of the animals coat along with flea dirt which will provide food for hatching fleas. Eggs may be found anywhere your dog or cat has been, particularly in their bedding. Flea eggs dislike like light and will move deep into your carpets or soft furnishings.
It is always important when treating your pets for fleas you also treat your home, vacuuming the house often will help to get reduce fleas but not eliminate them. Anything heavily infested such as bedding should be disposed of otherwise fleas will return.