Does Your Cat have Fleas and Flea Eggs?
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It’s that time of year again. It’s getting colder outside and some pesky little critters want to come inside where it’s warm. That would be spiders, ladybugs, and fleas, to name a few. And who can blame them? The topic of this post is fleas on cats since they’re the most common parasite found on our feline friends. Does your cat have fleas and flea eggs? Here are a few things to look out for:
- itching and scratching themselves more than usual
- licking or chewing the skin more than usual
- flea ‘dirt’ on the cat’s skin (flea poop)
- skin irritation or infection
If your cat is allergic to fleas, she may experience flea allergy dermatitis. Fleas also transmit tapeworms and severe bacterial infections, which can be passed on to other pets in your home.
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How do fleas end up in your home?
Fleas are brought into your home by any animal, even by people. They feed on their host’s blood, in this case, your cat, and then lay eggs that fall off your pet inside the house. That means on their bedding, your couch, the carpeting, cracks in floors – anywhere your cat goes.
Do they reproduce?
You betcha! A female flea can lay 40-50 eggs a day. These eggs hatch and grow into adulthood, where the process repeats itself. There may be hundreds (or more) eggs around your home, re-infesting your home over and over if not correctly (and quickly) taken care of.
How to get rid of fleas on your cat
We at Animal Bliss prefer to use natural products when treating our pets, rather than chemical solutions. We’ve had great success with TripleSure Natural Flea & Tick Spray to prevent fleas or rid our cats of fleas.
If you don’t mind the more commercial chemical products, the most common solutions are Frontline Flea and Tick Control or Advantage II. Make sure you use the cat product, not the ones meant for dogs. Use at your own risk – see my NOTE below.
NOTE: Regarding chemicals, the US Environmental Protection Agency recently completed an in-depth investigation due to the hundreds of reports of illness and death in pets and serious adverse effects reported for every product EPA assessed. EPA is in the process of increasing restrictions on their use. You can read more information about this report here: http://www2.epa.gov/pets/epa-evaluation-pet-spot-products-analysis-and-plans-reducing-harmful-effects
How to get rid of fleas and flea eggs in your home
The Bug Squad suggests ways to kill the flea eggs to stop the life cycle from repeating their reproduction. Here are some things you can do right away:
- Give your pet bedding (blankets, etc.) a good, hot wash.
- Vacuum your carpets and couches.
- Use a flea spray on your carpets and furniture, as well as your cat furniture.
- Use a flea comb to remove any eggs off your pets. Make sure to do this outside.
Visit The Bug Squad for more detailed information.
If all else fails and you still have a flea infestation, use a flea bomb or home fogger. These come in both natural and chemical products to help eliminate fleas and their eggs. They require you to leave your house for a period, including all your pets. If you have young children, I would suggest trying a natural product first.
A QUESTION FOR YOU:
Does YOUR cat have fleas and flea eggs? I’m happy to say that we’re flea-free here. Hope you are too.
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