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Solve the Cat Flea Problem

“Flea season” arrives with summer and, in areas suffering this year’s drought, cat owners face a mean situation with fleas and ticks proliferating in dry conditions.

Fortunately, there is a lot of available help out there to assist in the battle of the fleas. PetSmart, Target stores, and the on-line services that include www.petarerx.com and www.PetPurpose.com. In fact, there are a bewildering number of new products now available to protect cats against fleas, while also protecting house and yard.

Don’t let the number of products available at PetSmart, Target, or on-line overwhelm you. Sales people here will provide you with assistance and a little research will help. Products now available are offered in two basic areas: those utilizing older, harsher chemicals to poison fleas and those “natural” products available to alleviate the problem without damage to your cat or the environment.

“Flea” is the common name for any of the small wingless insects, external parasites, living off the blood of mammals and birds. The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis,

primarily attacks the domestic cat, but can also infest dogs. They also bite humans. It may maintain its life cycle on other carnivores, including rabbits, rodents, and ruminants, but is first and foremost sustained by the cat.

The cat flea is very small, but has tremendous jumping prowess and readily finds human habitat to its liking. The female cat flea lays her eggs on in the cats’ fur, but the eggs, once dry, have evolved to filter out of the hair coat of the host and into a cat’s resting and sheltering areas. Fleas love carpets and rugs, as well as fabric covered furniture.

Flea eggs hatch into larvae, which dislike light. The larvae feed on a variety of organic substances, but most importantly subsist on dried blood filtered out of the hair of the host after being deposited there as adult flea fecal material. Adult fleas feed the larval population in the cat’s fur; a great cycle for the flea, a disgusting one for cat and human.

First sign of a flea problem begins with your beloved cat companion assuming the position where a hind leg busily scratches neck and shoulder, next turning neck to bite at the offending flea. If the problem is not immediately addressed, your cat will scratch to the point where he/she develop open sores and scabs. When cats groom themselves, they ingest any fleas on their fur, making them difficult to detect. The only

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