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Cat Flea and Tick Control

With warmer weather, people tend to spend more time being active outside. Unfortunately, the same is true for fleas and ticks. Even indoor-only cats are at risk as people and other pets that travel indoors and outdoors can carry fleas and ticks into your homes. Cats that are allowed to roam outdoors, even if only for a short amount of time, are susceptible to being infested with fleas and ticks.

How do I know if my cat has fleas or ticks?

Fleas and ticks can easily be identified by routine grooming as fleas will leave behind flea dirt, which are small black specks of digested blood. Common signs of fleas include more frequent scratching, hair loss (especially around the tail), small scabs along the body and around the neck.

Do fleas and ticks harm cats?

Fleas can transmit tapeworms to cats as well as more severe infestations, which can cause anemia and severe skin conditions. Heavy infestations of fleas can be life-threatening to small kittens or senior cats. Ticks can transmit several parasitic blood diseases which are hard to detect in cats.

Why is treating and preventing fleas so important?

Keeping your cat free of fleas can protect them from internal parasites and more severe skin and infectious diseases. It can also increase your cat’s quality of life.

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