The country might be running out of money and jobs, but it will never run out of cat fleas. Unless you want to start your own personal flea circus, you might want to prevent your cat from getting infested with the little critters. You might also be itching whilst you read this, wondering how to get rid of unwanted lodgers. If so, read on…
Feeling itchy already?
To answer the above question, I’m itching as I write this. Thankfully, it’s all in my head. There are absolutely no fleas in the vicinity.
Regardless of that, if you own a cat or dog, it’s more or less inevitable that at some time or another they’re going to introduce you to their newly-found friends; the Flea family. If you’re really unlucky, the Flea family might bring along their cousins, the Tapeworms. If this happens, an ASBO won’t do the job. You’ll need to resort to chemical warfare. Still, let’s backtrack for a moment.
Your cat may be the cleanest kitty within a 3000 mile radius, but that won’t stop him or her from stopping for a chat with the cat that lives in the dustbin in the street behind yours. And picking up a couple of hitch-hiking fleas. We know that if the fleas make it to your home, they’ll set up shop faster than an army of travellers in an unlocked field.
After fleas hop onto your cat, they will want to eat, mate and then lay eggs. The bite will probably irritate the cat, but the fleas laid in its fur are the real problem. Those fleas, if viable, will either get eaten by your cat during grooming, and so risk giving the cat tapeworm, or will fall off on your carpets and furnishings. These eggs quickly become larvae, pupae and, finally, adult fleas. In your home. These new arrivals then do their best to emulate their parents, and have their own kids. Sooner than you can blink, you’ll have more fleas than bills.