Recently when we went to visit a friend, she appeared to be quite crest-fallen. Her cat had been acting strange for some time. The poor kitty was scratching like crazy and biting its fur frantically. So much so that inflamed, irritated and infected skin was beginning to appear at certain places. What my friend did not know was that her cat was suffering from cat flea allergy and she had a flea infestation to deal with.
Flea Dermatitis or commonly known as flea allergy happens to be one of the most common reason why people take their cats to a vet. It is basically caused by the flea bites as bugs inject their saliva in the skin of the pet to prevent blood from coagulating while they feed on the blood of the host.
Not all cats get afflicted with dermatitis after a flea bite. In fact, most cats would only feel minor irritation and an urge to scratch. However, if a cat that is allergic to flea saliva and it bitten by even a single flea can have a severe itch reaction. It's not uncommon for such allergic reaction to last several days and weeks causing much discomfort and pain to the cat.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. The best way to avoid dermatitis is to make sure that your cat remains free from fleas and ticks. There can be no flea bite if there are no fleas!
Flea control is absolutely necessary for the health and well-being of your cat. But it is important to choose the flea treatment product very carefully otherwise it can put the life of your cat in jeopardy. It's advisable to opt for a reputable brand like Hartz when going for a flea control treatment. There are numerous Hartz flea & tick control products ranging from shampoos and drops that are used on the pet itself to the sprays and powders that keep the surroundings free from these little buggers. If you treat the cat but ignore the living space your cat will be infected again in no time.
If the cat is already infected and is suffering from dermatitis then it's important to keep the skin clean to prevent secondary infection. Aloe Vera in Hartz Flea & Tick shampoo soothes the skin irritation along with killing fleas in all stages of its life-cycle.
Hartz is a premium brand of pet care products which has been catering to pets includes dogs, cats, parrots, finches, goldfish, tropical fish, reptiles, chinchillas, guinea pigs, hamsters and rabbits etc. for over 80 years. Hartz flea & tick control treatments happens to be amongst the most popular creations of this 1,500 products strong Company.