The cat flea with the scientific name of Ctenocephalides felis is an extremely common parasitic insect whose principal host is the domestic cat. The cat flea affects both the cat and the dog worldwide. The cat flea can also maintain its life cycle on other carnivores and on omnivores, but these are only chosen when more acceptable hosts become unavailable. Adult cat fleas do not willingly leave their hosts.
How do I know if my cat has fleas?
There are several ways to tell if your cat has fleas, they can include unusual or abnormal redness of the skin, hair loss, pale gums and the presence of flea dirt. As always, if you have any questions concerning fleas and/or ticks and your dog, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 709-753-0506.
Do fleas harm cats?
It is possible because if they are infested it can cause anemia.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
It is important because you can prevent flea allergy dermatitis, secondary infections, anemia and tapeworms. It is also part of being a responsible pet owner and looking out for the overall health and well-being of your cat. If you have any questions concerning treatment and prevention, please give us a call at the clinic.
What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Please come in to see your veterinarian and we will provide you with the most current and effective treatment of fleas in your senior cat.