Fleas Like Cats: Your Best Bet, Stop the Bite


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Ready for more flea talk? Veterinary dermatologist Dr. Eva Schmidt chats HERE about the health hazards of fleas on cats on my national radio show, Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Dr. Eva Schmidt

We begin with cats allergic to flea bites. Sometimes, all it takes is a single bite to cause lots of discomfort, even infection. Schmidt says your best bet is to stop the bite in the first place.

There are many other health issues that fleas can cause to cats and people.

Here are a few:

• Anemia: A heavy flea infestation can cause anemia and even death from blood loss, especially in kittens.
• Transmission of infection: Fleas carry bacteria and parasites that can infect both pets and people, including:

  • Tapeworms
  • Typhus
  • Tularemia
  • Bartonellosis (cat scratch disease)
  • Plague

Hear my previous recent interview with Dr. Schmidt about how fleas can even find their way to indoor-only cats.