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How To Tell If Your Cat Has Fleas?

Cat Crazy Newsletter

By Petplace.com

Do you know how to tell if your cat has fleas?

The best way to tell if your cat has fleas is to look on his hair coat.  The easiest places to look are areas where he has the least amount of hair or in locations where fleas like to live.

The areas with the least amount of hair are often the abdomen and inguinal area. If your cat rolls on his side or back, most cats had less hair on their abdomen – especially their lower abdomen and the upper thigh. These are areas where you can see the skin and often see fleas.
Fleas like to gather over the lower back. Fleas can be anywhere on a cat and bite them but many times fleas gravitate to the lower back.  You can sometimes find fleas by parting the hair over the lower back in front of the tail. Part the hair in several places to view the skin. Many times you may see fleas if there are fleas. You may also see “evidence” of fleas which is the bowel movement of the flea.

The bowel movement will look like fresh ground pepper flakes. They will be little black flakes of dirt – often known as flea dirt. If you take some of these flakes and put them on a white tissue and wet it – it will actually turn red because the bowel movement of the flea consists of digested blood.

If you see fleas or something that looks like fresh ground pepper, your cat probably has fleas!

The best way to prevent fleas is by using a preventative flea medication. There are many safe and effective preventative medications on the market .  ProMeris has a new flea preventative, which appears to be very effective.  If you are in the market for a new flea product or want to know how it compares to what you are currently using go to Promeris.com

Whatever product you use, you really should start it soon… before the fleas are out in full force!

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

P.S. By the way, many of the flea prevention medications are topical medications and very easy to administer.  I know it can be hard to give a cat pills but with ProMeris, you simply apply it to the skin and it is absorbed.  For more information on ProMeris, go to promeris.com.


May 13, 2008 - Posted by | Feline Health

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