Some of the most annoying nuisances your cat might face are fleas and ticks.
For cats, fleas and ticks pose an array of potential health issues, including:
- Transmission of disease and illness
- Rashes & skin Infections
- Skin irritation
Another problem with fleas and ticks in relation to cats is the possibility of an infestation of the home and transmission of disease to humans in the same living space. The idea that indoor cats are immune to fleas and ticks is inaccurate. Fleas and ticks can enter homes on other pets and people's clothing. Fleas and ticks that enter the home will search out your cat to feed on and live on. A single flea that remains on your cat can produce30-50 eggs within 24 hours. These eggs are similar to pieces of sand and fall off the cat, land in the carpet or bedding, and become an adult flea in 14 to 365 days. It is easy to understand how fleas can overtake a home.
At Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA, we focus on flea and tick prevention. Prevention is crucial, as it staves off a serious problem before it starts. If you notice signs and symptoms of fleas and ticks, it may indicate that you already have an infestation. With the right products and education, you can easily avoid a flea and tick infestation.
Our proactive approach to flea and tick prevention starts with a discussion about the factors that play a role in your cat's potential exposure to fleas and ticks. For example, whether your cat is an indoor and outdoor pet is one factor. Another factor is whether your cat is exposed to other animals that go outside.
Possible signs of fleas or ticks are:
- Excessive grooming or hair loss
- Visible fleas or ticks
- Red or irritated skin
- Red pimples of bumps
- Agitation and restlessness
- Scabs or flakes
If you notice any of these signs or observe fleas or ticks on your cat, call us tel:757-595-3337 to schedule an appointment. Our caring veterinarian will help you find the best solution to rid your cat of fleas and ticks and will also help you prevent them in the future.