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Probably, it is difficult now to find a family where there is no cat, because without a cat there is an orphan house!
They give us a lot of trouble, tear the wallpaper, wake us up at night, steal sausage from the table, but we still love them and we can't imagine our life without our purring favorites.
Red and black, white and striped, fluffy and smooth-haired, lazy homebodies and cats that walk by themselves - they are all our favorites!
The first signs of fleas
The presence of fleas in a cat can be guessed by its appearance.
If Murka or Vaska's coat is thick, shines in the sun, fluffy - the animal's health is all right!
If the fur has suddenly become dull, sticks out in shreds, lacks luster, and the animal behaves restlessly - the cat has curled parasites.
ATTENTION! Fleas in cats always appear in the warm season.
Where do these creatures most often live?
95% of the premises where cat fleas live are basements of apartment buildings, entrances, stairs... Cats walking on their own very often bring parasites after contact with cats - "homeless", walking around the infected area, and can also pick up flea larvae or eggs with their paws.
IMPORTANT! Even the owners, without knowing it themselves, can be spreaders of fleas, bringing them into the house on shoes, clothes, since their eggs can be on the lawns and sidewalks.
The main signs of fleas in cats and cats are:
- the animal begins to itch, strongly, violently bite into the fur;
- the pet becomes nervous, it develops itchy skin, which deprives the animal of rest and sleep;
- when combing, dried blood or flea feces fall out of the cat's fur;
- on the skin of the animal from strong scratching, wounds, crusts, itching are formed, hair falls out, dermatitis appears.
Dangerous health effects
The presence of parasites in cats can lead to more serious diseases. Poor cats, combing the body and biting through fleas, risk getting more worms.
Flea-borne microorganisms are the causative agents of the following dangerous diseases:
- mycoplasmosis - damage to various internal organs, purulent inflammation;
- rickettsiosis - the feverish state of the animal.
Flea control methods
To get rid of parasites, you should:
- comb the cat thoroughly;
- to reduce itching give your pet the necessary drug (on the recommendation of a doctor);
- change or wash cat litter;
- disinfect the apartment or room where the animal lives.
ATTENTION! Cat fleas move into carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture and clothes, so disinfection of the apartment is necessary!
There are many options for getting rid of cats from parasites. These are drops and shampoos, aerosols and injections, powders and anti-flea collars, as well as folk remedies.
Briefly about medicines
The best remedy is drops applied to the withers and neck, where the cat cannot lick them off. The most famous - Leopard, Frontline, Stronghold, Lawyer, Advantage, Inspector.
If your pet loves to wash, use Barsik and Biovax shampoos.
Comfortis tablets are effective, but flea collars are the most common type of treatment and prevention.
IMPORTANT! The collar is designed for 4-7 months of use, if your cat wears a collar, you need to take it off from time to time so that the animal does not rub its neck and does not cause irritation.
Read more about the flea remedies for cats here.
It is believed that a great effect in the fight against fleas gives laying out wormwood in the apartmentas her scent scares them away.
When washing animals, a good result gives use of tar soap, if, of course, your pet will allow him to lather himself from ears to tail!
Read more about folk methods in the article.
If the cat does not go outside, then the risk of catching fleas is less, but the owners themselves can bring this attack into the apartment. therefore you need to wash your cat's paws more oftenso that he does not lick off the eggs of parasites from them, as well as constantly comb the wool.
If the cat is "walking", then the main preventive measure will be wearing a collar or drop on the withers, as well as observance of the rules of cat hygiene - washing the paws after a walk.
We hope that after these recommendations your beloved pets will always be cheerful, beautiful and healthy!