Cats having fleas is a common health problem that most pet owners face. In fact, it is one of the most common reasons why your vet bills are the high price they are. Fleas, parasites that attach themselves to cats and dogs, are not nice to have.
They bite the host (cat or dog) causing painful irritation and redness. If you do not take proper care of your pets and allow them access to the outdoors, cats having fleas can build up an army of pests in your home.
Although there is no formal medical reason for this, fleas may be a sign of an underlying health concern. If your cat or dog shows signs of itching at the nose, frequent scratching, loss of appetite, loss of sleep, and heavy scratching, fleas could be the culprit.
It is not unusual for a cat to be allergic to fleas, which is another reason why they develop so many allergies. Your veterinarian may recommend special flea treatments or even prescription medications to treat the symptoms.
Keep in mind though, these medications are very powerful so make sure you discuss them with your vet before administering them. When cats having fleas, the first sign to look out for is hair loss. Look for bald spots on the cat.
The cause of this is a flea infestation, so it is also possible for other, less obvious symptoms to manifest. Loss of energy, constant licking, lack of coordination, or the odd appearance of reddish or brown spots on the cat can all be signs of flea infestation.
Another obvious symptom is that your cat will be scratching more often than usual. This is actually quite natural behavior in response to the itching caused by fleas, but if your cat is not getting proper rest then it will end up stressed and frustrated and will start to chew more as a way to get some relief.
You should notice that if you pick up any fleas on your cat’s fur, they will fall off as soon as they touch the ground. If you do notice blood on your cat’s fur then there is definitely flea biting!
If you are a new cat owner then you may find that your cat’s personality has changed. You know their favorite toys and things now, but they will also seem to prefer hiding in their cat box instead of going outside to play. They will also tend to sleep more when they are older and not as active.
All of these changes are quite common amongst older cats too and there is no need to panic as this will normalize once your cat gets used to its new environment. These awesome flea collars are made specifically for cats if you are interested.
There are a number of home remedies, which have proven successful in treating cats with fleas. I always advise people to try natural home remedies before using chemicals. The reason why is because most chemicals come from toxic plants and some of them can be toxic to humans as well!
One very simple, nontoxic remedy for treating fleas is lavender oil. Just rub some lavender oil around your pet’s skin under their fur; it will soothe the itchiness and discomfort and stop the fleas from biting your cat. It is worth trying a few different combinations of natural home remedies to see which one helps your pet the most.
There are also flea meds available for your cat. These work by killing fleas, but they can also harm the liver if taken over long periods. You should consult with your vet before you start giving your cat flea medicine as they can cause more harm than good.
They are also very expensive and for a cat owner with vet bills this can add up very quickly. Although there are a lot of products available to treat your cats with fleas, nothing beats nature for curing your cat of fleas.
Although there are a few over the counter products you can also buy a cream that you apply directly to your cat’s skin. This is a very effective method as fleas are more attracted to cats than they are to dogs or humans.