How could my indoor-only cat have gotten fleas?
Fleas and ticks can sneak their way into the most pristine home. A few fleas can quickly turn into an infestation of your yard, your home, and your pet.
Squirrels, raccoons and other small animals in your yard carry fleas and ticks. The more wild visitors to your yard, the greater the chance of a flea infestation. An open house window, even screened, can be a path from the backyard to your sunbathing kitty.
People can also be carriers of fleas and ticks. If you spend time outdoors in areas where fleas and ticks are prevalent, it’s easy for a few to hide on your clothing or shoes. They can be brought in from a visitor’s own home or pet without their knowledge.
Anytime your cat leaves the house- even in a carrier – she is being exposed to the possibility of fleas and ticks taking hold.
In Georgia, flea and tick season lasts all year. If you notice just one or two fleas or ticks on your cat, treat it seriously, before it becomes a full blown infestation.
Visit your veterinarian for advice on the best preventive medications and the safest way to use them. Your doctor will be able to show you the proper way to apply these medications and recommend just the right dose for your cat’s age and weight.
It’s much easier & healthier to start early, preventing parasites, than it is to try to eradicate them in your home and on your pet.