Can Fly's Make Cats Sick?

Can Fly’s Make Cats Sick?

There is some controversy regarding the question of whether flies can make cats sick. Some medical experts recommend that cats should not eat flies and other insects because they can carry dangerous bacteria and protozoa. In some cases, eating flies may cause some stomach discomfort and a temporary loss of appetite, but in the vast majority of cases, flies are harmless to cats.

Fortunately, symptoms of eating flies will subside within a day or two. However, if the symptoms continue, you should see a vet. In the worst case scenario, your cat may have an infection with gastrointestinal bacteria. If you suspect that your cat has eaten a fly, you should be prepared to pay attention to your cat’s behavior. The cat may also develop diarrhea or other signs of internal parasites. To prevent parasites, it is a good idea to have your cat dewormed on a regular basis.

Flies can also carry intestinal parasites, including roundworms. If left untreated, roundworms can cause acute vomiting and lethargy and need to be treated with drugs. You should repeat these treatments every three to four weeks to eliminate the larvae. In some cases, your cat may need a hospital stay overnight.

Another way to keep flies at bay is by ensuring that your cat has a clean environment. Keeping food waste in airtight containers is a good way to keep flies at bay. Using garbage cans with lids that are tightly sealed will also help keep out the flies. Keeping your kitchen clean and removing any dead animal will also help prevent flies from laying eggs in your home.