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Fleas & Ticks
Cat Flea Adult

Cat Flea – Ctenocephalides felis (Bouche).  The cat flea is the most common flea on domestic dogs and cats as well as most wildlife found in urban areas.  Fleas can transmit tapeworms found in animals.  The adults are almost always found on animals as their only food source is the blood of the animal.  They are flattened from side to side when viewed from above and this shape enables them to move through the hair of the animal very quickly.  The other stage of development, occur off the animal.  Some people are more sensitive to flea bites than others as well as some animals being more sensitive.  Fleas can build up large numbers in some areas causing extreme discomfort to people and pets.  A thorough treatment of places where animals frequent needs to be done to ensure adequate control.  Inside and outside treatments may be necessary.