Feral Cats and Flea Infestation
Dog owners must make themselves aware of the problem of feral cats. Feral cats are seen in most every neighborhood in the United States. Due to the fact that they are so common most people do not even notice them. Most dog owners are unaware that the flea that
infests most dogs of the world is actually Ctenocephalides felis, or cat flea. Ctenocephalides felis, or cat flea can cause a variety of disease and dermatological problems. With that in mind, people often think of ways to prevent fleas and ticks infestation.
These blood sucking insects are spreading disease that affects many different species of mammal; including humans. The common flea causes flea allergy dermatitis and other disease in dogs and cats that have been abandoned or left untreated against the common flea. Many pet owners simply ignore the spread of disease that can be easily controlled by cat flea treatment.
Common fleas are dropped onto the grass, soil and where your dog plays and sleeps. Flea eggs are then laid and subsequently hatch causing feline flea infestation in 1-6 days. Flea infestation in the grass and soil is then transferred to humans, often children as they play outside. Children are more susceptible to bacterial infections and parasitism caused by feline flea infestation than are adults.
The common flea spreads on roaming animals (feral cats) and transmit disease wherever they go. Including feline flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, iron deficiency anemia, skin rashes, and kidney and central nervous system disease. The bite of the feline flea starts with skin itching and discomfort and then may progress to the more severe diseases just mentioned. The black plague was transmitted by the feline flea from infected rats, ground squirrels and other rodents. Further incentive to prevent fleas and ticks infestation.
Tapeworms are one of the most common parasites spread by the common flea. Any person that is bitten by a flea that carries a tapeworm egg, or accidentally ingests such a flea, will develop a tapeworm. Abdominal pain is usually the first symptom. After a time of infestation, oval shaped whitish pods will appear in the stool of the infected animal or person. They may resemble cucumber seeds.
A tapeworm is a long, flat parasite that lives in the intestines of the host animal. Iron deficiency anemia is often caused by the tapeworm. Tapeworms can cause nutrient deficiency, and in severe infestation, bloating of the stomach.
Persons that see any feral cats should call Animal Control as soon as possible. Dog owners must provide treatment against feline flea infestation for their dogs. Cat owners should never leave a cat behind, thinking it will be better off because it can fend for itself. Think of the children that will undoubtedly become host to any number of parasites because a feral cat has now invaded their neighborhood.
There are a number of products that can aid a person in preventing common flea infestation. An informed person will look for a product with an IGR, or insect growth regulator. Insect growth regulators break the life cycle of the common flea by stopping its development into an adult flea. Due to the fact that insect growth regulators do not kill they are not considered insecticide. Nonetheless, care should always be taken when handling any IGR.
Imidacloprid is one of the most effective insecticides used against the common flea. It not only kills and repels cat fleas and their larva, it kills and repels ticks and mosquitos as well. The combination of imidacloprid and permethrin removes 98% of fleas within twelve hours.
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