Cat flea is the common name, but you can also find further information under its specie name, Ctenocephalides felis. These parasites principally dwell and feed off the blood of felines; however they are also known to relocate onto other house pets, such as dogs and rabbits, and also on to humans. They are robust insects which need to be taken care of promptly, to alleviate your pet from any distress. If the parasites are left to infest, reproduce and take up residency in the home you will need to seek suitable ways of killing and clearing them and this may cost you money and a great deal of time.
Cat Flea Prevention - Cat fleas are wingless, but do have a remarkable talent to jump over one hundred and fifty times their own body length and eighty times their own body height! As they are only tiny, this may not sound a huge amount, but it means they can transfer from pet to pet and pet to human with ease, if in close proximity. Prevent the spread by keeping infested pets away from the rest of the household.
Cats and Diseases - It is reported that fleas have been responsible for carrying diseases in the past and that Murine typhus and tapeworm are linked with cat fleas. Therefore, if you find that your house pet is infected, then it would be sensible to also inspect the area where they sleep and also any family members that may have been in contact.
Cat Flea Eggs - There have been over 2300 different species of these tiny pests confirmed and the ever increasing range of hosts (mice, kittens, rats and dogs to name a few), make them very tricky to restrain. A female is able to give birth to up to 950 eggs in its lifetime. They can reach up to one and half years old, although typically it is thought that they only survive two-three months.