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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas
Posted by: Charlotte Kasner
Date/Time: 18/11/14 10:21:00

Sounds like the cat that had been given Bob Martins had been given a canine preparation. Dog flea treatment contains permethrin which is highly toxic to cats. It is very, very important to use the correct treatment and never a good idea to buy over the counter treatments as they are ineffective.

Humans often get bitten by fleas - incidentally most fleas in your home are probably cat fleas. There is also a species of human flea that can also bite pigs and a rabbit flea. I believe that dog fleas are the least common. I have never understood, although am very glad, why horses don't suffer. Whilst they have plenty of other biting creatures to worry about, I would appreciate enlightenement about the lack of horse fleas.

Fleas do not actually live on their host animal but jump on to feed, jumping off again when they are sated. They do live and breed in carpets, between floorboards on bedding (animal and human!) and on furniture which is why it is important to treat the environment as well as the animal. You can carry them on your shoes from outside, so even households without pets can have fleas. I have seen them jump around the carpetted sides of bus interiors.

Carpetted, centrally heated homes or homes make a lovely year-round breeding ground for fleas which is why it may be necessary to treat your home and animal all year round. the early stages of the lifecycle can remain dormant for ages and are set off by the vibration of someone or something passing and by heat.

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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Cat Fleas17/11/14 09:58:00 Helen Whitman
   Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 10:19:00 Claire Moran
   Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 10:54:00 David Roberts
      Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 11:33:00 Viv Griffiths
         Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 12:35:00 Huw Burford-Taylor
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 13:01:00 Jojo Finn
   Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 13:43:00 Anne England
      Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 14:13:00 Gordon McDonald
   Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 14:11:00 Charlotte Kasner
      Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 15:26:00 Vanessa Smith
         Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 15:59:00 Helen Whitman
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 16:15:00 Claudia Jachtmann
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 16:23:00 Gordon McDonald
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 16:33:00 Claudia Jachtmann
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 16:44:00 Claudia Jachtmann
         Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 16:47:00 Georgina Flint
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 17:06:00 Claire Moran
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 18:42:00 Claire Diaper
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 19:54:00 Angus McPhail
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 20:12:00 Vanessa Smith
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas17/11/14 20:26:00 Claire Moran
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas18/11/14 10:21:00 Charlotte Kasner
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Cat Fleas19/11/14 11:28:00 Tracy Burke

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