Fleas are a common problem in cats, especially those that spend time outdoors, but indoor cats can get them as well. Luckily, we have a range of products that can help prevent or treat these parasites.
What are the most common parasites?
The most commonly encountered external parasites are Fleas and Ticks. All cats that go outside are at risk of getting fleas and ticks and this is most prevalent when there is no frost on the ground. Fleas can make your cat itchy and uncomfortable but can also cause flea allergy dermatitis, anemia and can transmit tapeworm. Ticks are blood feeders with an almost worldwide distribution. They are icky, plus they are well equipped to transmit disease agents such as viruses, bacteria and protozoa. The most well known and most common of these is the bacteria that transmits Lyme disease.
How do I know if my cat has fleas?
If you suspect your cat has fleas because they are itchy, an easy way to check is with a flea or lice comb. Look for fleas themselves, or flea ‘dirt’ that turns red when you wet it.
Do fleas harm cats?
Yes, they can cause a lot of discomfort and feed off their blood. Cats can also get tapeworms from grooming fleas.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Treating and preventing fleas protects you, and your cat from being bitten.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your cat?
A safe topical product can provide one or three-month protection and will also aid in environmental control by killing multiple flea life stages. Please book an appointment with a veterinarian to decide which product is best and safest for your cat.