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Cat Fleas

If your cat has fleas it is important to treat both the cat and their environment. The most popular method of flea control for cats is a spot on pipette product, such as Frontline Spot On. Alternative products include Johnson’s 4fleas tablets, Bob Martin flea collars, Bob Martin Silent Cat Flea Spray and Bob Martin All in One Flea Spray. For your house and the pet’s areas including their bedding, a household flea spray should be routinely used.

The most common flea found on both cats and dogs is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides feils), which can become quite a problem if left untreated. Due to their small size and the fact they move very quickly, cat fleas are difficult to detect. Fleas appear to prefer the warmer areas on an animal, in particular the neck, ears, abdomen and base of the tail. To check if your cat has fleas, after gently combing the cat’s coat, shake the contents onto a piece of moist white tissue or paper. If any of the flea faeces starts to dissolve and produce a red stain, this is a positive indication that your cat has been in recent contact with fleas. The red stain is undigested blood from the flea faeces.

A flea’s bite and its saliva can cause skin irritation to your cat. Biting and scratching are usually the first signs that your cat may have fleas. Some cats show little or no irritation whereas others may develop more severe skin problems such as Flea Allergic Dermatitis (FAD). Puppies and kittens with severe infestation of fleas can become anemic and in extreme circumstances even die.

The most common species of tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum, uses the flea as an intermediate host in its own life cycle. Therefore there is also a risk that your cat and dog may become infected with tapeworms by ingesting an infected flea whilst grooming.

The number of fleas which actually live on a host to feed is relatively small. Fleas spend the majority of the time in the cat’s sleeping area and not on the cat and are now able to survive and breed throughout the year due to your home’s central heating.

Regular cleaning, paying particular attention to cracks and crevices, will help to remove most of the household flea problem. The use of household flea sprays such as Indorex, Johnsons 4fleas, Bob Martin Home Flea Spray are ideal to get into these awkward areas and are suitable to use on carpets, flooring, furnishings including your pet’s bedding and areas where they lie.

Ideally your cat should be routinely treated with a suitable product, such as Frontline flea tick, which will treat and prevent flea and tick infestations in cats. Frontline flea treatment also controls biting lice infestations and is part of a treatment strategy for FAD, which has been previously diagnosed by a veterinary surgeon. In addition to treating your cat with Frontline fleas, your cat should also be routinely treated for tapeworms and roundworms with a suitable product such as Drontal. All cats in the household should ideally be treated at the same time to ensure the risk of re-infestation is minimised.

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