Fleas and how to treat them
We recommend the use of a prescription spot-on treatment to control fleas, as it’s easy to apply, and the brand we recommend tackles most worms too. We’ve prepared a short video explaining how to apply the spot-on, but if you have any problems please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
While many cats live with fleas and don’t show signs of having them, it’s advisable to keep your cat flea-free for several reasons:
- The cat flea can carry the larval stage of the tapeworm and cats become infected with tapeworm by eating fleas when they groom themselves.
- Fleas have the potential to transmit other infections between cats
- Adult fleas feed on cat blood; in young kittens this can cause weakness, anaemia and death
- Fleas are important in the transmission of ‘cat scratch disease’ between cats and to humans. This is an infection with the bacterium Bartonella hensellae, and is spread when fleas feed on blood.
- Some dogs and cats develop an allergy to flea bites, which causes them to scratch excessively or develop skin disease
- Cat fleas can cause itchy bites on humans, typically around the ankles.