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Fleas and ticks aren’t just a summer problem and they aren’t just on outdoor cats. Living in a southern state I recently had to deal with an infestation on my indoor cats.

Fleas can infest dogs, cats, rodents, and other mammals. People can be bitten by fleas as well.

I bought my DE from a feed store. They use a lot of it with horses. It says that it can be ingested by humans. I got a 50# bag for around 15 dollars. I use it on the cats and in my yard to prevent the fleas from the yard where the cats go out. I currently have 4 kittens and have no problem with it hurting them. I am careful when applying it to keep it away from their noses. Good luck! I take the cats out for about 24 hours and bomb my house with bombs that are designed for fleas and bedbugs. I no longer have fleas in my house. This place was empty for quite some time, but there were fleas in the carpet. I have successfully gotten rid of them.

Cats and fleas – just about the worst combination

Many cats, when bitten by fleas, have an  It is these cats that are likely to scratch and bite at themselves. Cats attacked by fleas may get a skin infection and/or an itchy rash. Some cats become allergic to their saliva. In some cases, they become anemic due to blood loss.

Fleas get on cats, then they get in your house and then on you

Like in cats, fleas pose many health risks to dogs. In some cases, fleas have actually killed small puppies or weaker dogs that were suffering from other health issues. Tapeworm infestation is another risk posed by fleas to dogs. Many dogs also suffer from pruritis, an intense itching caused by flea bites. Pruritis leads to formation of scabs as well as major hair loss in animals. The intense scratching accompanying this condition also gives rise to open sores or secondary bacterial infections. These require expensive steroids, antihistamines and antibiotics for treatment. Such medicines have many side effects that can lower your dog’s immunity inviting a host of other diseases and ailments. It is vital that every dog owner is aware of this.

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There are several spots that are good to check for fleas. Any area such as around the tail, where your cat can't scratch should be checked. In particular the lower back and base of the tail. You have to move fast because the flea moves very quickly in the hair. If you don't know what a flea looks like check out the . You might only see something moving through the cat fur very quickly. Another good spot is between the legs and in the cat's armpits or where his armpits would be if a cat had them. The whole belly area should be checked. Fleas can be reddy brown to black.A cat that has fleas is not a comfortable cat and will scratch and bite his fur energetically. If you see your cat doing this then suspect fleas even if you don't find any signs. Itchy skin can be a sign of allergy but biting the sides is usually a cat after fleas. An energetic healthy cat can reduce his flea load by 50% by active grooming. Kittens and older cats are not so successful.If your cat doesn't mind taking a bath, then give puss a bath and check the head because fleas will usually find their way to the top of the head where things are drier. None of my cats like baths so that's not a good option.Did you know that fleas actually prefer cats? Of course, they will happily reside on any animal or human, but if you have both cats and dogs you may find that the infestation is more severe with your feline companions.