Cats with Hypersensitivity to Flea Bites
Let's discuss about cats with hypersensitivity to flea bites.
Unfortunately, fleas are a part of many pets' lives, especially cats and dogs. Even worse, your pet may be allergic to flea bites and it only takes one bite for their allergic reaction to kick in. Believe it or not this allergy is common in cats. After reading this article cat owners will know the signs of flea bite hypersensitivity and how to treat it.
If your cat is allergic to flea bites you will notice that they frequently scratching or biting. It will be as if they are cleaning themselves, but in a more aggressive manner. Most animals that have fleas will scratch, but if your cat is allergic, they may scratch so much that they have hair loss and even scabs.
Usually fleas tend to be more on a cat's hind end instead of their face, but they can be anywhere on an animal's body. if you look closely you will even be able to see fleas on your cat. They are small and dark colored and move around fast. You will probably see them on your cat's fur and then they try to burrow into the fur down to the cat's skin. Flea dirt, which is tiny black specks that looks like dirt or pepper will also appear in your cat's fur. Flea dirt is the waste from the fleas it is usually flea droppings that contain your pet's blood.
You can use a flea comb to remove and inspect the fleas and flea dirt on your cat. If you are using a flea comb, you may want to have a bowl of warm soapy water next to you. Most fleas get stuck in the comb, but sometimes fleas will jump off the comb and onto you. To avoid this quickly put the fleas in the water and they will die. This isn't a permanent solution to ridding your animal of fleas.
Consult with your veterinarian and decide on the best flea medication for cats that are allergic to flea bites. There are many different brands and types of flea medication available. Some are pills, others are powders and some are like a cream that you apply down your cat's back. If your cat is severely allergic to flea bites you may have to take them to your veterinarian for steroids or antihistamines.
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