A heavy infestation of fleas may be difficult to treat, so complete eradication requires a multifaceted approach. Once the infestation is under control, most cats recover easily. However, an extremely large infestation can cause the cat to suffer anemia and other symptoms. If your cat is anemic, you should consult a veterinarian.
Fleas lay their eggs in the pet’s bedding and on furniture. They remain hidden for two weeks or longer. The eggs hatch into larvae, which feed on the feces of the host. In a few weeks, these larvae transform into pupae. This stage is followed by the development of the adult flea.
When a cat is infested with fleas, it is important to treat the house with an effective flea treatment. The best treatment involves vacuuming the area around the pet, and making sure the vacuum bags are sealed. You can also treat the home with steam cleaning, which should be done every two weeks. If the infestation persists, you can hire a professional exterminator. Another way to treat fleas is to use an insecticide on the affected areas. A human-friendly insecticide is best.
Fleas can cause serious problems for your cat, as they can transmit diseases like hemobartonella and tapeworm, which can be fatal to a cat. They also affect the rest of the household. Their feces and eggs can transmit bartonellosis and murine typhus to humans. And they can also affect other animals, including dogs.