September 14, 2018
I have several cats this has happened because of people dumping them in our area with sixteen cats this is a battle Princess my small cat has come out in scabs from being allergic, I have found as good as products are they work then do not work.
Garlic and apple cider can help although with the cycle of fleas even when you get this under control It can flare up again and if not sorted can be detrimental to the cat’s health.
Let’s look at the entire cycle from egg to adult flea which is around 12 -22 days when you have humid weather like we have had they thrive and if your neighbour has long grass this can add to the problem.
Therefore approximately 5% of a flea infestation is made up of adult fleas on your pet, and 95% is in your home as egg larvae and pupae.
What are the four stages?
Depending on the humidity level the total life cycle will take from couple of weeks to many months optimal conditions for fleas are between 70-85 F and 70 percent humidity.
Flea Eggs begin their life cycle when an adult flea lays eggs following a blood meal from the animal. Blood is necessary for the adult flea to reproduce these eggs which are small white objects slightly smaller than a grain of sand that are laid in the pet’s fur in bunches of about 20. One single female can lay about 40 eggs per day. The eggs will fall off your pet as they move allowing them to be disbursed throughout the environment where your pet spends his or her time. Eggs represent about one half of the entire flea population in the home These eggs take anywhere from two days to two weeks to develop hatching when the environment conditions are right they do not like cold weather.
Flea Larvae are blind and avoid being out in the light they develop over several weeks by eating pre-digested blood known as flea dirt passed on by adult fleas along with other organic debris. Flea larvae can be up to ¼ inch long and are white almost see through and legless they make up 35 percent of the flea population in favourable conditions they will spin cocoon in about 5-20 days of hatching from their eggs this leads to pupae stage.
Flea Pupae this counts to about 10 percent of the flea population in a home this cocoon stage is the last development stage before the adult flea emerge, the cocoon protects the pupae for several days or weeks before the adult flea emerges. These can be protected for months and in some cases years.
Cocoons have a sticky outer coating that allows them to hide deep in the carpeting and not be easily removed with light vacuuming or sweeping, the cocoon also serves to protect the developing adults from chemicals.
Adult Flea will not emerge until the presence of a potential host which is by vibration rising levels of carbon dioxide and body heat which is triggered by walking by you or your pet moving in the home alerting the flea to emerge from its cocoon to feed.
What to do? Cover your furniture and cat bedding wash them regularly not only vacuum and empty the contents of the vacuum cleaner do a carpet clean and spray use different products.
Comb your cat and wash and dry before treatment, may need to change the flea treatment or use a dip to get rid of them.
Keep an eye on the condition you may need the strongest one from the vet to resolve issue.
Manuka honey is good for treatment of soars and scabs.