Cats and Fleas
If a cat scratches or bites too often, it probably has fleas. The problem is that some cats don’t scratch, as if fleas do not bother them, so you should pay attention to other indicators of the presence of fleas. If you recognize tiny white and red or black pieces that look like pepper and salt in the place where the cat sleeps – it’s eggs and flea feces. Sometimes cats have scabies or develop dermatitis due to flea bites. Namely, some cats are bothered by the saliva of fleas and irritate the cat’s skin. Fleas alone are not as dangerous to cats’ health if they do not cause scabies, hair loss, irritation, or nervousness in cats.
What do fleas look like?
Fleas are tiny, about 2mm long, brownish in color, oblong or round, and often inconspicuous because they hide well in thick cat hair. Fleas love humid and warm spaces and have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult flea. Adult fleas are the most petite, and they walk through cats’ fur. Eggs, larvae, and pupae are found in the area around the cat, and it is essential to clean all surfaces accessible to the cat.
One flea can live on a cat for several weeks and lay up to thirty eggs in one day. Eggs feed on the excrement of adult fleas or dead fallen cells of living beings. It provides on sucking cat blood. Fleas can develop from eggs in up to 14 days or 4.5 months. The development of flea eggs will be favored by high humidity and heat. The pupa stage can live up to several years in our parquets.
Where do fleas live?
Fleas do not live on your cat. They stop by the cat to feed and stay there if you do not protect the cat. Fleas live in cracks of walls, parquet, home textiles, carpets, and nature. Vibrations of the body or soil excite the pupae of future fleas. It does not need blood in the form of an egg or a flea pupa, but the excitation from the environment (moisture, heat, vibrations) leaves the cocooned stage and grows into a flea. In seismically active areas, warm summers and mild winters are more likely to cause flea infestations. In addition, fleas are self-sufficient, and they don’t encounter their litter. You can accidentally bring them into the living space in any form of their stage of life, or your parquets and walls have them from before.
Cleaning the space from fleas
Insecticides in spray or powder with a thorough cleaning of easily washable items are recommended. Textile surfaces should be washed well at the highest temperature, but they should be treated with insecticides if possible. It is essential to try insecticides on small hidden material areas and see if they cause a change in color or texture. Some Raid sprays guarantee the direct killing of all stages of fleas, while Biokill spray ensures protection against fleas for up to 2 months if the cleaning and disinfection are carried out correctly. The pupal stage is resistant to insecticides – so it is necessary to sweep the premises well, vacuum, scrub.
Elimination of fleas in cats
We directly treat cats with ampoules that prevent their arrival and poison existing fleas (if the cat has them). Within the various ampoules offered, it is necessary to check whether it is only a matter of prevention or the destruction of parasites. In addition to ampoules, there are necklaces, shampoos, combs, powders, and experienced veterinary advice is always welcome. Some cat owners use lemon juice mixed with water in a ratio of 1: 1. Such a natural spray drives fleas out of cat hair. Tea or lavender preparations can also be prepared – with essential oils, one should be extremely careful as the lack of knowledge can be toxic to the cat.
Lemongrass, mint, or rhubarb – are the spices from which fleas escape. Rub a few leaves into your pet’s fur and be surprised how fleas can be removed without pharmaceutical chemicals. However, we choose ampoules with a hectic lifestyle and lack of time because they are a quick and easy solution.
Can fleas be eliminated directly?
Some analyses and experiences prove how easily and fast we can remove fleas from cats. Even a gently soap dish will kill fleas in a few minutes. On the wet cat’s fur, put some soap, make a foam, especially on the places where fleas like to hide. After that, lather it gently and rinse. Similarly, the suggestion is: you can make a bowl of warm soapy water and place it near the light source. Light attracts the fleas, and fleas fall into a trap.
Plants against fleas
Numerous plants will repel fleas from your surroundings. They are Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Wormwood, Chrysanthemums, Basil, and Catnip. However, the problem is that some flea-repellent plants can be dangerous to your cat if the cat eats them. For example, eucalyptus has a more substantial effect against fleas, but it is not good to be near kittens. Catnip is a good choice.
We hope these articles can help you and your cat to stay healthy! Keep going with charming meows.