Fleas are the most common skin parasite of the cat and can occur even in the cleanest of homes. While many cats live with fleas and show minimal signs of infestation, it is advised to control them as fleas can transmit other infections.
Fleas move quickly, making them difficult to spot. Place your cat on a sheet of white paper and comb them meticulously - a fine-toothed comb may show up a couple of fleas and 'flea dirt' - flea droppings, can often be found too.
If your cat is allergic to fleas, you might notice that they develop itchy skin, hair loss and small scabs around the tail or neck. If this is the case, it is best to visit your vet.
To control a flea infestation, adult fleas on the cat must be killed and re-infestation from the environment prevented. When treating fleas, don't use products suited for dogs - these can be toxic to cats.
There are a wide range of products available to keep fleas at bay, including collars, shampoos, sprays, foams, powders and tablets. Your vet will be able to advise you on the most safe and effective treatment for your cat