Have you noticed that your cat is scratching itself more than normal? I hate to tell you, but this could be due to nasty little fleas. You can tell whether your cat has a flea problem judging by their behaviour, fur, and other physical signs. Here are 10 telltale signs that your cat has fleas:
1. Insects Crawling in Your Cats Fur
Here is the most obvious sign that your cat has fleas. If you can see the insects, then your cat definitely has fleas. Check around the neck, lower back, and tail to see if you can see any little fleas roaming about. However, if you don’t see any that doesn’t mean there might not be some in other stages of the flea lifecycle.
2. Red Spots on the Bedding
This is flea muck that has fell off your cat and on to the bedding. It’ll be red because your cat will have rubbed themselves against it upon getting into bed.
3. Tiny Specks on Your Cat
This is flea muck that is still present on your cat. You’ll usually see them on the back and neck area.
4. A Lethargic, Weak Cat
This could mean that your cat has a very large infestation of fleas. They could be biting him so much that he’s losing a lot of blood. Alternatively, he could be scratching himself so much that he’s losing blood, as is lethargic and weak because of this. This is most commonly seen in kittens, senior cats, and poorly cats. This is why it’s essential you get your cat treated ASAP if they do have fleas. Spot on flea treatments, for example, can be a great help.
5. Scabby Bumps on the Skin of Your Cat
This can occur when a cat is allergic to flea saliva. Sometimes, there may be pus present.
6. Restlessness and Agitation
You should know your cat’s behaviour and personality, having lived with them for so long. If they start acting strangely, like being restless and agitated for example, it could mean that they have fleas. Imagine being covered in little itchy insects yourself – you’d probably act like this too!
7. Not Going Near Specific Parts of Your Home
Carpet will harbour the most fleas and flea eggs in your home. If your home is infested with fleas there, your cat may be avoiding those areas.
8. Loss of Hair
With fleas, cats tend to groom themselves excessively. This can result in a loss of hair.
9. Lots of Grooming
As previously mentioned, cats will try to get rid of the itchiness by constantly grooming themselves.
10. Frantic Scratching
If your cat is frantically scratching themselves, then this could be them trying to relieve themselves of the itch. They may also bite themselves to get rid of the itchy feeling.
Watch out for these 10 signs, and you should be able to tell whether your cat has fleas or not. If you’re still unsure, it’s always a good idea to pay your vets a visit.