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How to Know if Your Cat has Fleas?

July 18 2013, 11:55am

Posted by Paul Ryan

Fleas are a common problem for the dogs and cats which is caused by number of flea species. The species which affects quite often to cats is Ctenocephalides felis. Fleas can easily enter from the outdoors and even a single flea can begin a cycle of infestation.

As it’s quite easy that your cat may get a flea infestation, it’s very important for every pet owner to know about it. Pet owners should always look out for their cats for fleas or else it will be hard to get rid of them. Try flea control products such as Frontline plus as soon as you see the major flea infestation in cats.

Several ways in which you can know if your cat has fleas:

  • One of the easiest ways to look for the fleas in your cat is using a comb. Use a fine-toothed flea comb and run it through the fur of your cat at the possible area of infestation such as at the neck, belly or around the base of the tail.
  • You can observe the fleas with an open eye. The small dark moving spots or dark colored droppings of fleas in the fur which looks like specks of dirt. Also check for the black spots; flea dirt, in the comb after running from the cat’s fur.
  • When cats get fleas, they often scratch with their hind legs or try to lick at that area. Excessive scratching is an indication of flea infestation to your cat.
  • Hair loss at infested site is another sign of flea feasting on your feline. Due to persistent scratching, cats lose hair from those areas and bald patches may develop. Hair loss mainly occurs at neck, back of the legs and around the base of the tail.
  • Cats that are allergic or sensitive to flea saliva often develop red and inflamed skin. Due to itching, over scratching, or biting at those areas, pus can form which leads to scab like bumps.

These are simple but very important indicators of the flea infestations to your cats. So, take the preventive step before fleas go out of control. Try Frontline plus for cat flea control before it’s too late.

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