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:
- Bartonellosis (cat scratch disease)
Hear my previous recent interview with Dr. Schmidt about how fleas can even find their way to indoor-only cats.