4 Common Flea Myths Busted

By Gemma Hopkins on 25 January 2017

Preconceptions about the flea…

Your house is beautifully clean and your cat is cared for, so there’s no risk of fleas, right? Wrong. Many cat owners believe there’s no need for flea treatments… right up until their cat comes down with an infestation.

cat

Myth: “My cat won’t get fleas because I keep my home clean.”

Reality: Even the most spotless home can get fleas, because cleaning alone isn’t enough to keep them away – or get rid of them once they appear. Reality is if your cat goes outside then the chances of it bringing in fleas is high.

healthy cat

Myth: “A healthy cat won’t get fleas.”

Reality: Fleas are not fussy; one cat’s blood is as good as another’s. A healthy cat will explore more and so more likely to come into contact with these unwanted guests.

indoor cat

Myth: “Indoor cats can’t get fleas.”

Reality: Indoor cats are indeed less likely to get fleas as long as they truly are indoors 24 7. However, a quick stretch outside, or some visiting pet – can allow fleas to sneak in. You’re more likely to bring the fleas in yourself, either through contact with an affected animal or by picking up flea eggs on shoes or clothing.

winter cat

Myth: “Cats can’t get fleas in winter.”

Reality: This might be true in the wild as they are dormant when it is really cold, but most pet cats in the UK spend a significant chunk of their day snoozing in a warm house. Central heating gives fleas the perfect environment to breed all through the winter. Unfortunately, some pet owners don’t realise this, which is why the winter months see a real drop in the amount of flea treatments dispensed. This is great news for fleas as they can keep on reproducing unhindered all winter.

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Gemma Hopkins BVetMed, CertVC, MRCVS, RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Veterinary Cardiology


Gemma holds an RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Cardiology and continues to work part time in practice to remain up to date and continue her interest in cardiology