Fleas and ticks are common ectoparasites (external parasites) that can affect us and our pets. If your cat has a flea infestation it can be hard to resolve without appropriate treatment, as a female flea can lay 40-50 eggs a day. Preventing fleas is therefore preferable to trying to treat an established infection. Luckily, we have multiple topical products to treat fleas on our feline friends.
Cats that go outdoors will commonly pick up ticks, especially near the head and neck. We are usually able to feel a tick once it has attached and starts to feed and engorge. An engorged tick creates a small lump that is often mistaken for a skin tag. We do have a topical product that can kill ticks on your cat before they engorge. Ticks can be pulled off at home if you are comfortable doing so, or you can call the clinic and we can assist you. Tick twisters are a nice tool to have at home to ease in tick removal.
How do I know if my cat has fleas?
Signs of fleas include scratching and chewing, hair loss, and small scabs over the rump near the tail base. If you think your pet has fleas, you will need a prescription product to apply to your pet that will kill the fleas and help stop their life cycle.
Do fleas harm cats?
Fleas can cause skin irritation and pain, especially in cats that are allergic to flea bites. Less commonly, fleas can carry and transmit infectious diseases.