Know your flea-borne cat illnesses

Know your flea-borne cat illnesses

Fleas can carry a host of diseases that could potentially be transferred to your cat if he gets bitten. In addition to using a preventative treatment such as a flea collar or flea spray on your feline friend, it's a good idea to be familiar with the risks associated with a flea bite.

An allergic reaction may be the most common issue for cats bitten by fleas, according to WebMD. Flea allergy dermatitis causes cats to scratch and bite at their skin, and their fur may fall out. Fleas can also pass on tapeworms to your cat if he ingests one of these insects. If he does get a tapeworm, the symptoms will likely be negligible. VCA Animal Hospitals reported that cats with tapeworms may, in rare cases, experience weight loss or scoot their butts on the floor, but generally these parasites do not cause major health problems.

Fleas can also lead to cat scratch disease, more commonly known as cat scratch fever, which is an illness your cat can pass on to you. This disease, most commonly carried by kittens, is very rare, but it involves fleas, making it important for you to consider how to kill fleas on your cat. PetMD stated that the bacterium associated with CSD can come from flea dirt (droppings) that gets caught under your cat's claws.

This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.