The typical cat flea doesn’t ask a lot from life. All it wants are the basics: a comfortable place to live, proper nourishment, and the chance to raise little flea babies. That’s why, if given the opportunity, fleas will eagerly hop onto your cat’s back and take up residence. Therefore, year-round flea prevention is a MUST for all cats, but especially those that spend all or part of their days in the great outdoors.
Fleas are the most common of all external feline parasites. While fleas will most likely make your cat terribly uncomfortable, they can also be a source of disease. Not only can fleas carry the bacteria that causes Cat Scratch Fever, but they also transmit the dog and cat tapeworm. Tapeworm is one of the most common internal parasites suffered by pets, partly because tapeworms are carried by fleas. Most cats are infected by tapeworm at some time in their lives either by exposure to infected fleas or when a cat eats rodents that host tapeworm larvae.
Fortunately for cats, fleas and tapeworms are easily prevented with topical medications. Here at Badger Veterinary Hospital, we recommend year-round flea prevention with the topical product, Revolution. Year-round treatment has become especially important with the mild winters and fluctuating temperatures that have become more common here in the Midwest. Revolution is applied to your cat once a month and not only provides protection against fleas, but it has the added advantages of preventing heartworm disease and the treatment and control of hookworms, roundworms, and ear mites.
To address the cats that may be infested with tapeworms by hunting, we recommend not only the monthly applications of Revolution but also treating your outdoor cat quarterly with the topical dewormer, Profender. Profender contains the active ingredient, praziquantal, which directly eliminates the tapeworm infestation.
Following this easy, stress-free protocol will ensure your beloved cat remains free of the most common external and internal parasites that can pose potentially serious health risks.