Fleas on Cats

Fairly or unfairly, fleas are normally associated with dogs much more often than cats. We are going to explore some of the differences between cats and dogs when it comes to flea infestations and treatment options. We hope our information proves to be a beneficial resource to you and would appreciate any feedback – be it positive or negative.

An important note: Please remember that most flea treatments for dogs can be harmful and even deadly for cats.  Carefully read the warnings, disclaimers and directions of all flea and tick control products before treating your feline.

There are different types of fleas, but the most common are the cat and dog fleas.  Believe it or not, the cat flea actually is the most common because it feeds on cats, dogs and humans. Whether you have a house cat or a nomadic wanderer roaming your neighborhood, fleas on cats may create serious health and comfort issues for you, your home and your cat.

The cat flea carries the tapeworm in its larval stage and your cat may become infested with tapeworms by eating fleas during their self-grooming, biting and nibbling responses to these biting insects. Additionally, many cats will scratch flea bites because they are allergic to the saliva injected into the skin by the flea during blood consumption.  This may cause excessive scratching, fur loss, bleeding or the development of skin disease.

And of course, cat fleas can and do bite humans – typically around the ankles. You can find more information fleas and humans here.

Please review the content of our website about fleas and cats so that you can prevent and combat a flea infestation.