SOS Cat Fleas: What should you do?

Unfortunately, many cat owners are familiar with them: cat fleas. These small parasites can grow up to 4.5 millimetres and multiply rapidly in your cat's fur. But from there they often get into sofas, beds and other upholstered furniture or even carpets. They can then lay up to 50 eggs a day there. A real nuisance. Even more so, when they can survive all year round in a warm home.

Classic symptoms of cat fleas include severe itching, which causes the cat to scratch itself sore, which can lead to infected sores. Cats with fleas will noticeably groom themselves much more frequently. The constant grooming then also increases the risk of other parasites such as tapeworms making their way into the cat's stomach more easily. 

Be aware: Fleas are bloodsuckers, which can lead to anaemia! This is particularly dangerous for kittens. 

How to get rid of cat fleas

Contact your trusted vet for a suitable flea medication. If your cat has a flea infestation, the medication can be administered in the form of tablets or so-called spot-ons. These not only ensure that the annoying buggers disappear, but they also prevent new infestations. A flea shampoo can also help, but not all cats will willingly agree to a bath! Another recommended option is a flea collar for your cat. This has a preventive effect and is well tolerated and, unlike tablets, does not burden your pet's stomach. There is no effective home remedy against cat fleas.

Ridding your home of fleas

It is important that you first treat your pet (and yourself) for cat fleas and stop the itching, but right after that it is time to get rid of the flies in your home. This means carefully cleaning all textiles - bed linen, sofa covers, carpets and cushion covers! The more thorough, the better. 

If you want to prevent cat fleas from living and nesting in your home in the future, thoroughly clean all your textiles regularly. Then the likelihood of a flea infestation is greatly reduced!

Top Tip: If you have a hoover with a bag, remove it immediately after vacuuming. The larvae are quite tough and can spread from the bag again.