Fleas And Your Cat

By Palani_CML

Fleas are the most commonly reported parasitic infection case in cats. Many cats will suffer from a flea infestation at one point or another, but luckily they are easy to treat if recognized and cared for promptly. Here, a Santo veterinarian answers some questions about fleas and your cat.

How Do I Know If My Cat Has Fleas?

A cat with fleas will itch, lick, scratch, paw, and bite at herself in attempt to relieve the irritated skin that fleas cause. You might notice hair loss from your cat pulling out her own fur. If you notice your cat exhibiting this behavior, take a closer look. Take a fine-toothed comb and part your cat’s fur. Look for tiny brown shapes moving about—these are fleas. Stationary black spots are flea dirt, dried blood from the fleas, and miniscule white pieces are probably flea eggs.

How Did My Cat Get Fleas?

Fleas like to live in moist, dark areas. It’s very easy for your cat to bring in fleas from the outside, and fleas can come into your house on their own and infect your cat from there. As a result, even indoor-only cats are at risk for flea infestation. Once an adult flea has laid eggs in the fur, the new fleas will find hosts on other animals or even humans.

How Do I Treat My Cat’s Flea Infestation?

Set up an appointment with your Santo veterinarian’s office. A flea control program will be implemented to rid your cat’s body of the infestation. After initial treatment, your vet will have your cat go on a flea prevention medication, which prevent egg development and stop fleas from biting your cat.

How Do I Rid My House of Fleas?

Vacuum all carpets, rugs, upholstery, furniture, and your cat’s bedding and usual spots. Wash your cat’s bed and blankets with hot water and soap. Remember to check other pets in the house for fleas as well. For severe cases, professional exterminators may be needed to rid your home of fleas.


Texas West Animal Health

16367 South FM 4,

Santo, TX 76472

Phone. 940-769-2222

Fax. 866-632-3365