Flea Prevention in Cats
Author, Noelle Dunn of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.
The perfect setting for fleas and ticks to breed is the cozy, warm coat of cats. These nasty bugs feed on your pet’s blood and can cause a variety of health issues. There are steps you can take to keep them away from your furry friend.
Fleas and ticks usually attack together but are very different. A flea is considered an insect and has 6 legs. They cannot fly, but can jump a great distance. Ticks are related to spiders. They are tiny and have 8 legs. There are some other differences; fleas live about 100 days or so, while ticks can live a few weeks up to 3 years. Fleas will lay 20-40 eggs a day for up to several weeks. A tick can lay thousands of eggs at once. It is most common for fleas to dominate during warmer months but a tick thrives in both hot and cold climates.
If your cat has fleas and ticks you will notice persistent scratching. You should check your cat’s fur, focusing on the head, neck area, tail and feet.
Some signs your cat may have fleas and ticks:
Gnawing and licking
Pale lips or gums
The most common way animals contract fleas is from being outdoors. It only takes one flea or tick to be infected. Fleas can fall off their host animal onto the rug, furniture, and bedding.
You can keep your home flea and tick free by doing the following: clean rugs and upholstery often and the areas where your pet sleeps and eats. You should wash your pets bedding regularly. You can use an indoor fogger to kill fleas and ticks. For more severe cases, you may have to consult an exterminator. As you clean, focus on dark areas where fleas and ticks like to hide.
If you are going to treat your yard, keep in mind these bugs migrate to the dark, damp, shady spots. Always read directions thoroughly and repeat if necessary. Before treatment, pick up any leaves, loose branches or anything you don’t want to be affected by the chemicals.
You can prevent the spread of fleas and ticks by regular checkups and vaccinations. Cats are highly sensitive to insecticides. Some products that are intended for dogs should absolutely not be used around felines. Check all labels before you buy. To be safe, you should consult with your veterinarian for the best methods of flea and tick prevention.
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