Fleas are a nightmare for cats as well as their owners to deal with, as cat owners try to eradicate the problem and offer a measure of relief to their suffering cats. But how can you tell if your cat has fleas and what can be done about the flea infestation?
Cats catch fleas from flea-infested pets, from the park, garden or even inside the home. Treating a flea infestation means also treating the source of the problem so that your cat is not re-infected.
Signs of Fleas
If your kitten or cat has fleas the most obvious signs will include a lot more itching and scratching than usual, random biting, such as around their hindquarters, red, scaly skin or visible evidence of fleas.
Fleas are tiny parasites and look a lot like a tiny grain of black rice. If you spot a flea on your cat’s body, it will quickly jump onto another part of your cat’s body or else, burrow deep into the fur. Visible evidence of fleas is harder to spot on darker cats, but another sign of fleas is flea dirt, which is left behind on your cat’s bed or blanket. Flea dirt resembles dandruff, except for the fact that it is black.
Treating a Flea Infestation
Flea-infested cats should be treated quickly to help eradicate the fleas from your cats, as well as your home. Use a flea treatment to get rid of fleas in your garden, home and in other sources. Then give your cats a flea bath to kill the fleas, their larvae and to prevent re-infestation.
A flea comb can help to get rid of fleas by lifting them off your cat’s fur, but this method is only effective if your cat has just a small amount of fleas on its body. Or you can use a medicated flea treatment from your vet if you would prefer.
It is easy to tell if your cat has fleas. Closely observe your cat. Is he scratching a lot more than usual? Have you seen visible evidence of fleas on your cat’s body? If so, act quickly to deal with the flea infestation in your home and your cat.
Petsmart.com, Does Your Cat Have Fleas? Signs, Symptoms, and Treatments.