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Cat Flea and Tick Control

Fleas and ticks live externally on your cat and can easily be transferred from one pet to another by direct contact or from coming into contact with contaminated surfaces, such as shared bedding, carpets, and furniture. Fleas and ticks bite which allows them to survive on your cat’s blood. This bite can introduce blood-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease to your cat. Cats are usually very uncomfortable from being bit and you may notice excessive scratching and skin concerns.

What are fleas?

Fleas are wingless insects that jump from the environment onto your cat, is very small and hard to find in their fur. Fleas lay eggs on your cat or in their surroundings like bedding and carpets and they eventually turn into adults.

How do fleas harm the cats?

Fleas will bite your cat to get their meals, which causes your cat to become very itchy. Constant scratching is very uncomfortable for them, and it also causes sleepless night for you and decreases your bond with your cat.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Prevention is always easier than treating. Fleas can be very hard to eliminate because they are a very hardy insect. Fleas easily jump from host to host and will bite humans and they can transmit tapeworms to your cat. Treating a cat that is infested with fleas involves using a prescribed medication from one of our veterinarians, cleaning the environment and using an appropriate flea spray as some over the counter flea sprays can be toxic to your cat. If you notice fleas on your cat, please contact Lomsnes Veterinary Hospital for treatment.

What are some simple steps for treating fleas in your senior cat?

Keeping your cat inside is the easiest way to prevent fleas. If your cat is allowed outside, frequents groomers or boarding kennels using a prescribed medication from one of our veterinarians is recommended. Please contact Lomsnes Veterinary for flea medication as all over the counter products are not considered safe for cats and have been known to cause seizures and liver failure.

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