Cat owners obsess about their feline companions; instagramming photos of photogenic pussies or retelling stories of their mischievous moggy. When our cats are being irritated by pests and parasites it can be harrowing to watch. Lookout for the early warning signs and control pest problems on their behalf, to keep them healthy and happy. This article details a couple of common pest problems for cats and how they can be treated.
Fleas are one of the most common cat pest problems, and most people who own a cat will have to deal with fleas at some point. Considering how commonplace a flea infestation is, it can be easy to forget that fleas can be deadly, particularly for kittens or elderly cats, who can develop anemia as a result of severe flea infestation.
Stopping an infestation from happening can be tricky, as it can be difficult to identify the problem early enough. The first time you notice a flea problem will probably be when you notice them scratching themselves more vigorously than normal, but you can also identify fleas if you find black dots on a cats bed or in their fur. These dots are a mixture of flea eggs and faeces.
When you consider that a female flea can lay up to fifty eggs each day it’s easy to understand why tackling the problem immediately is well-advised. Most people usually use a combination of methods to rid their pets (and homes) of the pests. Flea shampoos work well, if you can get the cat into the bathtub, but you should try to let the shampoo soak into the cat’s coat for some time.
If you see your cat biting its fur, it can be an indication that it may get worms in the future. Worms live inside the fleas until the fleas are eaten by the cat, when they attach themselves to the intestines and feed from the cat. Worms can be tricky to identify, but you may see worms sticking out from the car’s rear or around its faeces, they are usually small and white. There are several types of worm which can affect a cat, including hookworms, roundworms and ringworms.
Because worms are so hard to identify many people choose to routinely treat their cats with worming tablets whether a problem arises or not. There are worming treatments available on the market which can protect a cat against intestinal worms for three months at a time. Simply crush a tablet into their dinner to help administer the medicine. The best way to prevent your cat from getting worms is to prevent fleas.
Of course, if a problem persists or you believe there could be more to it you should consult a professional veterinarian who can help, but for basic flea and worm problems there are some highly effective solutions available on the market which you can use yourself at home. No one likes to see their feline friend suffer so if you spot a pest problem on your pussy act to get it rectified ASAP.
Adam Cairn writes on a number of subjects including pest control services and pest control for dogs. Image by zaimoku_woodpile.