Veterinarian warns that the cat flea can survive the winter

The cat flea can survive the winter even outside for a short time in pupae stage at temps of -1 degree Celsius

News media reports that a vet and technical services manager at a pharmaceutical company, Jamie Walker, has reminded people that the cat flea can survive winter, which I think is a useful reminder. People associate the cat flea with warmer weather but it is not quite as straightforward as that. Proactive steps throughout the …

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Can I cuddle my cat if she has fleas?

Kitten with bad flea infestation

Well, sigh. Someone asked the question in the title and it is slightly strange because common sense applies. I think the answer is that you don’t want to cuddle your cat if they have a lot of visible fleas. The best thing to do is to remove the fleas first or asap. It isn’t …

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Can fleas kill kittens?

Flea infested flat

Yes, fleas can kill kittens and we have a story today in the online news media to substantiate that statement. A ‘callous breeder’ in the UK abandoned ’25 terrified cats and kittens to starve to death in a flat’. And the Mirror newspaper reports that the RSPCA assessed that two kittens ‘died after their …

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Multiple pets? Cat flea problem? 4 things that should interest you.

Cat fleas cannot fly

The Cuyahoga Falls Veterinary Clinic in Ohio, USA, provides American citizens with some excellent advice about flea control in their homes. There are 4 things in their advice which caught my eye and which I would like to pass on. As part of the cat flea life cycle the pupae stage is important because …

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Flea combing your cat: it’s a win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win-win activity!

Tube of fleas

Every cat owner on the planet should have a couple of high-quality flea combs1 purchased from Amazon which they keep by their bed. And every day they use one of them twice. They start on the forehead and pass the comb down the back of the head onto the shoulders. They then go from …

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Can cats get fleas in the winter?

Combing includes flea combing. They should be combined

Yes, cats can quite definitely get fleas in the winter and I have first hand experience of it. My cat is, today, an indoor/outdoor cat. He can gow wherever he wants to and he likes to visit a shed a few houses down from me where there are mice. For a domestic cat like …

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True or false: ‘Indoor only’ pets don’t get fleas and therefore don’t need a flea preventative

Cat fleas affect behavior

I’ve been snooping around on different groups today and the topic of flea prevention is coming up a lot. One person made a comment I don’t agree with. That indoor pets don’t get fleas and therefore don’t need a flea preventive. A lot of my friends have indoor only pets and their pets still …

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