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Cat flea

By: Johan
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As cats usually are allowed to roam free they are much more at risk when it comes to parasites. The cat flea is a wingless insect that form colonies on a host and feed on its blood. This can be an extreme nuisance due to the sheer itchiness the cat flea causes and in some cases it can even be dangerous for your cat if the situation is not taken care of swiftly. The cat flea is like most other vermin a disease spreader and it can infect your cat with another diseases and parasites. Therefore it is important that you learn about the cat flea so you know what you are up against and how you can treat an infestation of cat fleas. If left untreated the cat flea will soon have seized your entire house and a much more expensive and thorough treatment much be performed. Continue to learn more about the cat flea.

Cat flea – The cycle of a fleas life
The cat flea starts out as an egg that, once hatched, will reveal a cat flea larva. This larva is actually not a parasite within itself but feeds on organic debris such as hair and dead skin. The cat flea larva is usually not a part of the cat flea colony and can therefore be found a little here and there where your cat usually resides. Once the cat flea larva has eaten enough it will become a pupa, spinning a cocoon for itself. The cat flea can be a pupa more or less for as long as it likes because it will only come out as an adult flea when there are possible hosts nearby. As an adult cat flea a colony will start where the cat fleas feed, mate and lay eggs. The eggs can be seen as poppy seeds and will usually fall off the host so to spread the colony to new hosts.

Cat flea – Don’t scratch the itch
As the cat flea feeds of the blood of their hosts they bite and this bite can be extremely annoying since the saliva of the cat flea produces an allergic reaction in the skin. Some are more allergic and some are less, but a swollen, itchy, red rash is a common symptom. Although the bite itself usually not is very dangerous it should not be scratched, no matter how much it itches. Scratching will only cause a secondary infection that will end up itching even more than the bite did before.

Cat flea – A parasite within
If your cat is stricken by a cat flea infestation you should at the same time keep your eyes out for signs of the parasite tapeworm. As a larva the cat flea will just gobble down anything it can get close to, including tapeworm eggs. A swallowed tapeworm egg will make the flea a carrier of this parasite and although it can spread via a bite, it is much more common that the cat by mistake ingests a cat flea while trying to sooth the itchiness. The tapeworm is an internal parasite that feeds on whatever floats by in the cats intestine, hence stealing nutrition from your cat.

Cat flea – Taking out the garbage
The best way of treating a house infestation of cat fleas is to call an exterminator. These are professionals that know exactly what needs to be done and they can give you some friendly advice how to avoid calling them in the future. Of course you can try to treat the cat flea infestation by yourself, there are many different ways of doing so, but it is not recommended.

Cat flea – Treating your cat
There are a lot of different products out in the market for treating cat fleas on your cat. Ask your veterinarian for advice if you do not know which one to use. Follow the instructions of the cat flea product as closely as possible so you don’t harm your feline friend out of pure ignorance. Make your cat wear a cat flea collar for long-time protection.

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