If you have a cat, you may wonder, “Can cat fleas get on humans?”. The truth is that they can get onto humans and other animals. They are insects that live in fur and are capable of reproducing by biting. Fleas live in three stages: the larva, the pupa, and the adult. The larva lays eggs in the cat’s fur and hatches after about 24 hours.
Fleas are blood suckers that are approximately one-eighth of an inch in length. They have flat bodies, long claws on their legs, and are reddish brown. They have special adaptations that allow them to crawl between hair shafts. They also have spines on their legs and back.
While cats are known to carry fleas, humans are not likely to become infested with them. The most common places where humans may be bitten by fleas are the feet and ankles. Since these areas are higher than the fleas can jump, they can’t land on humans easily. Fleas can’t survive in humans for a long time.
Cat fleas can also carry pathogens, which are organisms that cause diseases. They may transmit them from one species to another in a domino effect. In addition to the itchy, irritating bites, these insects can transmit diseases such as plague and typhus.