Small pest. Big risks. Simple treatment for fleas on cats.

Not only are fleas incredibly frustrating for cats and cat owners, they play a role in the transmission of parasites and several feline disease-causing organisms.

Threats to your pet

Flea infestations pose the following risks to your cat:

Severe discomfort: Scratching, chewing, biting and restlessness.

Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD): A common veterinary dermatological condition.1

Anemia: A risk for young or smaller pets, or debilitated adult pets, as a result of severe infestations.

Tapeworm infections: Spread through infected fleas.

Threats to humans

Humans can also suffer serious health issues if bitten by a flea:

Allergic reaction: Usually in the form of small, raised lesions called papules that can be red to purple in color. The severity varies depending on a person's allergy to the bite.2

Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum): Generally spread through infected fleas found on both dogs and cats, the ingestion of an infected flea by a child can result in a tapeworm infection.2

Typhus: A group of infectious diseases often resulting in a sustained high fever (typhus fever), headache, delirium and red rashes. Two kinds commonly originate from flea bites:3

  • Flea typhus: A type of typhus caused by Rickettsia felis. The cat flea is the only currently known vector for this bacteria.
  • Murine typhus: A bacterial form of typhus commonly transmitted by rodent fleas, but can also be transmitted by fleas found on pets.

Plague: Rodent fleas can be carriers of bubonic plague, or Yersinia pestis. If these fleas make their way onto dogs and cats, they pose a higher risk of leaving their animal host to bite humans who come into contact with them.

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