If your cat goes outdoors, they are susceptible to getting fleas and ticks. Although they are not as prevalent if your cat stays close to your house, if you live in a rural area with lots of trees and wildlife, your cat could possibly be more susceptible to getting fleas and ticks.
What are fleas?
Fleas are external parasites that feed off of the blood of their host. Fleas and ticks are a few of the external parasites that can affect our pets. They are most prevalent in the spring and summer months and can transmit a variety of diseases. Fleas can also cause secondary dermatitis and discomfort. Both fleas and ticks take a blood meal from their host, which they need in order to lay eggs and reproduce.
How do fleas harm the cats?
Fleas can cause secondary dermatitis, transmit illnesses, and when ingested can transmit tapeworms. If there is a large infestation, especially on kittens, they can become anemic from losing a large amount of blood as the fleas suck their blood meal.
Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?
Fleas can reproduce very rapidly. Each flea can lay 1000’s of eggs that lay dormant in the environment for up to 6 months before hatching. This can make getting rid of a flea infestation very challenging, especially if these eggs are in your home and carpet. If you notice that the fleas are in your home, you may need to contact an exterminator for some professional advice on treating your home for the infestation. Preventing your cat from getting fleas is a much easier option.
Simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?
Depending on the severity of the infestation, it is always advisable to contact your veterinarian for a product and environmental treatment plan that is right for your pet.