How do you know if a cat has fleas? How can you prevent or treat a flea problem
Fleas are like house guests; the first day a visitor, the second day a burden, and the third day a pest.
The major problem with fleas is that they weren’t welcomed in the first place! Or do you welcome the fleas that make life miserable for your cat and you? Definitely not!
Fleas also are not bothered about where they live. They can set up base on your cat, and can as well flourish in your home.
Fleas feed on cat’s blood, mate with other fleas and lay thousands of eggs that fall of your cat and survive in their surroundings. So fleas that are not on your cat are just hovering in the wings. The eggs hatched and grow into biting adults within just a few weeks.
As a cat owner, you should be aware of the warning signs that can indicate flea problem for your cat. You are probably familiar with the most obvious problem but probably just dismissed it as an amusement for your cat. Right?
Well, this obvious problem for your cat is excessive scratching. This is most obvious way to know if your cat is being nibbled on by the vampire fleas. Other signs exhibited by flea-infested cats are nervousness, loss of energy, and irritability, and believe me, it can irritate you too.
But wait a minute, what if these signs are symptoms of another disease apart from flea? Then to make absolutely sure that flea is at the bottom of your cat’s problems conduct a flea test.
It is a relatively simple task and probably takes few minutes to accomplish.
Ready for this? Good, now listen up. Put white paper towels on the floor under your cat. Have your cat sit down and vigorously scruff up the hair on its neck, stomach area and the rump, just above the tail.
Remove your cat and look for what looks like black sprinkles. Dampen the paper towel containing the specks. If it turns to a dark red color, then your cat probably has fleas.
The black sprinkle-like substances are fleas’ dirt, which consists of actual dried blood, left by fleas biting your cat.
Some good old fashion looking can also do the trick. If there are live fleas on your cats you will often find them on the inside fold of the cat’s legs where the body’s temperature is warmest.
Apart from the temporary burden of making cats miserable, fleas have the potential to infect your cat with numerous diseases. Flea bites may cause intense itching that causes your cat to scratch instantly which can lead to skin problems.
And that’s just on the outside. If you think fleas are not dangerous internally to cats. Then it is about time you have a rethink. They can transmit internal tapeworms and in severe cases can lead to life threatening anemia.
Although fleas are a pain, to both cats and their owners, take solace in the fact that they are no matches for what technology and medicine have sprung up in the preventive treatments available today.
Also, you need to think seriously about employing a monthly treatment that can effectively control flea. It can also help you lower the risk of your cat developing a serious flea bite related problem.
In general, to prevent fleas from staking a claim and settling on your cat, you have to understand that flea prevention and elimination is about the entire life cycle, not just the individual flea.
Fleas are prolific breeders capable of trying more than a thousand eggs. Your goal is to make sure those thousand eggs don’t lead to tens of thousands more. And you can achieve this by destroying the life cycle- the stage where they are eliminated from your cat for good.
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