Thursday, September 27, 2018

Bugged By Fleas
Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats Is On The Rise

Flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common.
Blame it on climate change. Cats are getting more fleas, and flea allergy dermatitis in cats is becoming more common, according to Banfield Pet Hospitals' 2018 State of Pet Health Report.

The report says there's been an astonishing 67 percent increase in flea allergy dermatitis in cats since 2008. In 2017, 170 of every 10,000 cats seen at Banfield hospitals had the allergic reaction to fleas. In 2008, just 102 of every 10,000 cats developed flea allergy dermatitis. 

Some cats are so sensitive to fleas, just one bite can cause an allergic reaction, or dermatitis.

Is Climate Change Causing More Flea Allergy Dermatitis In Cats?

Emi Saito, Banfield's senior manager of veterinary research programs, suggests that climate change could be at least part of the reason vets are seeing more flea allergy dermatitis in cats.




With warmer weather, fleas are thriving. And the more fleas there are, the more cats are likely to have an allergic reaction. 

How will you know if your cat has flea allergy dermatitis? Frantic scratching and scabs on her back, especially close to her neck and the base of her tail, are two signs.

Preventing Fleas The Natural Way 

One of the best ways to keep your cats from getting fleas is to give them a healthy wet food diet. Fleas like old, debilitated cats and don't have much interest in the healthy ones.

Here are some more natural ways to prevent fleas.
  • Sprinkle beneficial nematodes around your yard. Most garden stores sell them. 
  • Use a flea comb to comb your cat with a mixture of half apple cider vinegar and half water. 
  • Add 1/2 teaspoon of brewer's yeast to your cat's wet food. 
  • Rub the juice from a freshly squeezed lemon or orange on your cat's fur. Use fresh fruit, not essential oils, which can be toxic to cats. And beware: Many cats hate the smell of citrus. Put some juice on a leg to see how your cat reacts to this new scent before doing the whole cat.
  • Use a flea comb and comb your cat often. This will remove any lurking fleas. Get rid of the fur you comb off outside.


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