Fleas and Other Parasites

June 22, 2018

in Cat Health

Fleas and other parasites should always be given the highest priority by cat owners. Flea bite allergy in cats is all too common and causes worry to many cat owners every year, especially in the summer, although all year round if your cat lives indoors with central heating. This is because flea bites often produce allergic reactions in the area bitten by the fleas, which is very often on the back just above the tail. In these cases, the affected area becomes red and bald due to the cat’s continuous scratching of itself.

Heavy flea infestations can cause severe dermatitis in cats, because the cat will scratch and scratch the area until he bleeds and can also introduce infection. If the flea bites produce an allergic reaction or even dermatitis in your cat, he/she really ought to be taken to the veterinary doctor as soon as possible, because usually, the cat will be experiencing extreme discomfort by this time.

The vet will sell you a cream to ease the itching and reduce the inflammation and some powder or a spray to kill the fleas. Prevention is better than cure and medicated collars are available to treat and prevent an infestation of external parasites like ticks and fleas.

Apart from fleas, other parasites like ticks and lice plus the internal parasites like hookworms, round worms, whip worms etc. can have an adverse effect on the the well-being of your cat. For example, if hookworms have infected a cat, that cat will almost surely suffer from anaemia soon. The signs of anaemia become more obvious depending on the advancement of the hookworm infection.

Hookworm larvae can pass directly through the skin into the internal body and cause severe problems inside the affected cat. These cats may have cuts on their paws and on their skin because of dermatitis. Often, skin rashes result too in these cases and the affected animal may also have diarrhoea, which is flecked with blood.

Most cats and all kittens get round worms, which is why cats can sometimes be seen rubbing their bottoms along the floor. However, if round worms are present in very large numbers, affected kittens show a pot belly, which is easily noticeable by the cat’s owners themselves. A dose of piperazine salts can be given orally for the treatment of this condition. However, broad-spectrum anthelmintics like pyrantel pamoate, fenbendazole etc. are also given to treat this very common condition.

There are many drugs on the market to treat fleas and other parasites these days, although medications containing the drug ‘ivermectin’ seem to be preferred by many cat owners to clear up fleas and other parasites in cats. This drug is available for injection or oral use but is now even available for external application too.

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