Feline Flea Bite Allergy
Did you know that some cats are actually allergic to flea bites? Just a few bites can cause severe itching, scratching, hair loss and scabs on the skin of such cats. Here at the shelter, we frequently get strays brought in that have moderate to severe hair loss that usually is diagnosed as flea bite allergy. Some look rather pathetic and unhealthy. Fortunately, the solution is simple: A topical treatment applied to the back of the neck to kill the fleas. The cat's fur starts to grow back gradually, and in no time he starts to look like his handsome self.
We have had three guys that are recovering lately. Jim was sweet even though he must have been miserable. He was adopted before we could get an 'after' photo.
The three guys have been adopted but a few more itchy cases have come in.
These guys will need regular flea treatment to stay handsome and healthy.
Do your own cats a favor and keep their flea treatment up-to-date, especially if they go outside. Remember, just because your cats may not seem to be itchy doesn't mean that they don't have fleas. Comb them every now and then to make sure they are flea-free, and apply a topical flea treatment if in doubt.
Dogs of course also can have flea allergies and resent the fact that by far the 'cat' flea is the most common.