There's a bevy of ailments a flea infestation can impose on your cat. Because of a cat's small size, blood loss from a flea infestation could result in severe anemia as well. This is why it's prudent to begin treating your cat before its exposed to fleas – it's the best practice to promote animal wellness for your cat and prevent an infestation throughout the rest of your home.
Just because your cat doesn't go outside doesn't mean it can't be exposed to fleas, noted PetMD. Fleas can cling on to another pet or your clothing and make their way into the home this way. This is by far the most common way a house can suddenly become infested. Fleas can also find their way into the home through small openings or underneath doors.
Look for the signs
It's important to keep an eye on your cat for any signs of a flea infestation. If left untreated for too long, your cat may develop serious health issues like tapeworms or a skin infection from constant scratching and irritation. If your cat is scratching more than normal, it's time to check its fur for fleas. A fine-toothed comb is the best way to search for fleas in your pet's fur.
Even if you don't notice any excessive scratching, you should always look for fleas jumping on and off your cat's fur. A flea is only about 2.5 millimeters in size, but it can be seen by the naked eye with careful attention.
Use preventative treatment
There are products designed to repel fleas and ticks before they can attack your cat. The Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Cats and Kittens repels and kills fleas for up to seven months. The product also prevents flea eggs, the main culprit of reinfestation.
Other preventative measures involve your pet's environment. Keeping a clean home for your pet and carefully washing its bedding can reduce the chance that a flea problem breaks out inside your house. If fleas have made it into your home, there are products like the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Home Spray to kill fleas and any eggs they leave behind, therefore preventing the dreaded reinfestation.
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