For today’s #FelineFriday let’s talk……..FLEAS!
How many times have your heard, or even said, the sentence “my cat is indoor only, they don’t need flea prevention”? Unfortunately, this is simply not a true statement.
You may feel that by keeping your cat indoors 100% of the time you are immune to the trouble that fleas can bring, however fleas are incredibly resilient and by not providing flea prevention to your cats you may be making it easier for the fleas to make themselves right at home on your indoor cat.
How does this happen?
🐱 Does your cat like to sit in the window by the screen or perhaps by the screen door on a lovely warm day? Fleas are one of the strongest jumpers in the animal kingdom and they will find your cat as they bask in the sun and warm breeze through that screen.
🐱 Do you go outside? Every time you go outside the fleas are watching. They are not afraid to hitch a ride on your socks, or latch onto your pants and come home with you. And it only takes one flea for a problem to begin. Just one pregnant flea can quickly lay 50 eggs and then the cycle continues. It’s said that for every 1 flea that you see there are 100 more lurking just out of sight.
🐱 Do you have a dog? Even if your dog is on flea prevention, they can still bring in a live hitchhiker flea when they return inside, and that flea is going to make a beeline for your unprotected cat.
🐱 Did you just move into a new home? As we mentioned fleas are crazy resilient and pre-existing fleas can be dormant for many months just waiting for you and your indoor only cat to move into their space.
What can you do?
Prevention is ALWAYS easier than treatment. For most pet owners a once-a-month topical treatment is the easiest way to prevent fleas. Place it on your pet, on the back of their neck, once every 30 days and rest assured that everyone is protected. These days there are several different prevention options available and pet owners can speak with their veterinarian to find the one that is best for them. We are also able to sell Advantage Flea Prevention over the counter here at the HBSPCA and you can visit our website /services/flea-prevention/ for more details or give us a call at 905 574-7722.
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