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Springtime brings warm weather and uninvited guests along with
it. Fleas turn active when the temperature is favorable. They are
active insects that feed on the blood from you and your cat. They
jump onto animals and burrow through their fur into their skin,
where they remain hidden while they bite the skin and ingest the
blood. This is extremely irritating to the cat, as the bites can
cause uncontrollable itching and inflammation.
Behavior problems – If the infestation is
severe, it is easy to see the fleas jumping off and on your
cat's body. If not, you will begin to see signs of restlessness
in your cat. Your cat might start scratching and chewing on
some parts of the body more. If you see your cat shake its head
often and scratch its ears, it is a sign that your cat has a
flea infestation. If your cat constantly licks at its coat,
that is another potential sign. A lot of the cats groom fleas
out of their coat before you can see any evidence.
Check the haircoat and skin – Lay your cat on
its back and check the areas where fleas can hide. The groin
and armpits are two of the areas that are protected and warm
and are prime hideout spots. Check the ears for signs of
redness, scratching, dirt, or blood. The skin on the groin, the
base of the tail, or the belly may appear bumpy and red if your
cat is scratching itself a lot. Hair loss can be seen in areas
where scratching is excessive, and there might be black spots
and scabbing on the skin.
Flea comb – Get a flea comb and run it through
the hair on the legs and back of your cat. The comb is designed
to catch and pull the fleas from their place of hiding under
the haircoat. Ensure that you get close to the skin when you
run the comb through the hair so that you have a better chance
of getting to where the fleas are hiding. Keep soapy water
ready to douse the live fleas that you find while combing.
Check the surrounding area – Fleas do not just
stay on your cat's body. They can also be found in areas where
your cat tends to spend a lot of time. Closely examine the
feeding area, the bedding, and other locations where your cat
likes to spend time for fleas or flea dirt. Cats like to sleep
on top of kitchen cabinets, window sills, and the refrigerator.
So make sure you examine those haunts.
Seek the advice of the vet – If you are unable
to find any signs of fleas on your cat or the environment, or
if you have done the flea eradication treatment
(right down to getting a
flea collar for your cat) and your cat is still scratching,
visit the veterinarian. He/she will get to the root of your
cat's discomfort and suggest possible treatment options.
below you can some information about the steps that you can take
to have flea protection for your cat.
Top 5 Facts About Flea Prevention for Cats
Fleas are one of the
most common parasites that cats can get, so prevention can take
some work—but it is essential to your cat’s health. The best way
to deal with an outbreak of fleas is to consult a
veterinarian who can help you make a plan for managing
the parasites and getting rid of them. But if you’re reading this
before your kitty got fleas, or you’ve recently fought back
an infestation and would
like to prevent another, here are the most important facts to
know about flea prevention for cats.
It’s getting easier and
easier to prevent fleas on felines. Products like
dips, powders, sprays, and shampoos have been all but replaced
by newer, more effective spot-on
products (applied topically, meaning to your pet’s
skin) and oral
treatments (taken as a pill or with food).
Administering these products throughout the year can prevent
fleas altogether. Products like Christin spot-on solution
for cats need to be applied once a month and they are
pretty effective in preventing fleas.
Never use a dog product on a
cat. Flea-prevention products formulated for dogs
can be deadly to cats. Cats can have very different
sensitivities and adverse reactions to components of products
that are safe for dogs. Pick a product like Bravecto topical for
cats and always check the dosage information.
key. Getting in the good habit of combing your pet
on a regular basis can help remove fleas and assess your cat’s
Keep a clean house and
yard. Fleas can flourish indoors and out, so
keep tidy in both domains. To combat fleas in the home, the
vacuum will be your friend. Use it on your floors, rugs,
carpets, upholstery, and in nooks and crannies. You should wash
the clothing and linens with which your pet comes into contact
in hot water at least once a week. Remember: When you buy old
or used items, such as furniture or carpeting, those items have
histories, potentially pertaining to fleas. If an infestation
is suspected, use products formulated for indoors. Spray
flooring, baseboards, under furniture, your pets’ favorite
places, and under pet bedding. Keeping your yard free of
leaves, tree limbs, and other debris, all breeding grounds for
fleas, can help. If infestation is suspected outside, use a
pesticide or other treatment and repeat as needed.
When you prevent fleas, you
prevent further health problems. Fleas can
transmit tapeworms to cats –
nasty internal worms that can even get passed on to
children in your home. Fleas can also
cause flea allergy dermatitis,
a condition that causes itching, skin irritation, infection,
and hair loss. Severe fleas can lead to anemia in cats,
particularly kittens, cats with other health problems, and
senior cats. Affected cats can also pass along flea-borne
diseases to humans.
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This information is for informational
purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the
professional advice of, or diagnosis, or treatment by, your
veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been
verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.