It is possible for indoor cats to get fleas, but the likelihood of this happening is less than if the cat was an outdoor cat. However, if your cat is inside, it can still be exposed to fleas in the house.
What do fleas do?
Fleas are small, dark-colored insects that feed on the blood of mammals and birds. When they bite, they cause irritation to the host and can also transmit diseases. Common types of fleas include cat fleas, dog fleas, and rat fleas. Fleas can be found in a number of environments such as homes, apartments, and outdoor areas. The best way to prevent fleas is to keep the environment free of clutter and dust to discourage their breeding.
Fleas have four stages of life. The egg, larvae, pupae, and adult. Adult fleas spend most of their time off the host hunting for a blood meal. They only return to the host to mate, lay eggs, and feed larvae.
When fleas enter the home, they seek warmth and shelter. They will search for suitable places in which to breed. This is why you will find them on your cat, as well as on the bed and in the bedroom.
Can indoor cats get fleas?
Fleas can jump from one animal to another, but it’s more common for a cat to get fleas outdoors. Cats are more likely to be exposed to fleas outside because of hunting, roaming, and interacting with other cats.
Do indoor cats need flea medicine?
Fleas can be hard to prevent in an indoor cat, but they don’t need to live with the discomfort of flea bites. Flea medicine for indoor cats can help to keep their home free of these pesky pests.
To treat the cat for fleas, it is important to look over its entire body and for any infestation spots on the cat’s body. Once you find the infestation, the infested area can be treated. Make sure you follow the directions on the label for your particular treatment and groom them regularly.
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