With warmer weather around the corner, you may begin to see more veterinarian signs telling you about flea and tick prevention for your pets. But does your cat really need flea and tick prevention? The answer is Yes. Even is you have an indoor cat, there are many ways for them to become infected with fleas. Once the fleas enter your home, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them. Fleas can cause irritation, pain, and even severe blood loss in certain cases. Which is why prevention is your safest course of action to make sure your pet stays safe.
Fleas and ticks live outside. So, if you have an indoor cat, you may think you don’t need to worry about any pests getting inside. Don’t be so sure. There are many ways fleas and ticks can make their way inside to your vulnerable pet:
Fleas and ticks are tiny parasitic pests that feed on blood from their host. Fleas thrive in warm humid climates and once they enter your home they can be extremely hard to remove. Fleas can multiply incredibly fast; adult female fleas can lay more than 40 eggs per day. Even if you spot an adult flea, there are likely 10x as many eggs that are hidden, and even more adults you can’t see. Once fleas infest your home it can take about 3 months to fully treat your home and get rid of all the fleas. Ticks live in tall brush or grass. Ticks also thrive in warm environments. They latch on to a host, typically close to the head, neck, ears, or feet, but can attach anywhere on a body. Ticks are no larger than a pinhead before they bite, and not noticed until they swell with blood.
Ticks, along with fleas, drink the blood of their host and can carry diseases that can harm you and your pet. Many cats are allergic to flea saliva, which causes the irritation and itchiness when the fleas bite. Fleas can consume 15 times their own body weight in blood, which can cause anemia or significant blood loss in a pet over time, especially in smaller pets where the blood loss can be fatal. Ticks can also cause severe blood loss or anemia in pets. Ticks can carry diseases like Lyme disease. There are many complications that can come with fleas and ticks, which is why it is important to prevent flea and tick infestations before they start.
To avoid having to deal with fleas and ticks after they’ve entered your home, take steps to prevent them from getting to your pets in the first place:
Be sure to contact your veterinarian with any questions you might have about preventative medication for your pet.Want more? Click here for more fun and helpful kitty content!