HOW TO IDENTIFY CAT FLEAS
Cat fleas are the most commonly found species of fleas. These fleas usually feed on cats and dogs. They are probably the hardest to get rid of because once they find a suitable host, they stick to it throughout their life. Cat fleas can be identified by noticing the behavior of your pets and also by directly spotting them on the skin of your pet. The latter scenario happens very rarely as these pests are very tiny and can hide well inside the fur of their host.
They are tiny wingless creatures which are usually reddish brown in color. The adult cat fleas are 1-2 mm in size. When a female flea produces eggs, its abdomen swells up and looks cream and dark brown in color. They are often confused with dog fleas but they can easily be distinguished on the basis of their elongated head.
Cats and dogs are the most suitable hosts for cat fleas but in certain situations when these hosts are not available, they feed on other animals. Their lifespan includes four stages i.e. egg, larva, pupa, and adult. A cat fleas journey of becoming an adult from an egg can happen in 2 weeks. In an unfavorable environment, this time can also be extended up to a year.
Scratching and biting- A cat flea infestation can be detected through the behavior of your pet. If your pet is scratching or biting its skin then it indicates that their body has been invaded by such pests.
Hair loss– A cat flea infestation can lead to extreme hair loss of your pet.
Cat flea bites– You can inspect the body of your pet to look for flea bites. A red bumpy spot would indicate a flea bite.
Restlessness– If your pet is becoming restless and agitated more than usual then it indicates a cat flea infestation.