Annoying summer guests – How to prevent and combat parasite attacks
Spring and summer, finally we can go outside. Cats look forward to extensive wanderings. Ticks, fleas and worms also look forward to new victims that they can use as hosts. The vets from Maxi Zoo, tell you about the most common parasites. It is especially worth knowing that prevention helps!
Fleas are active all year round as they can survive in our heated houses and multiply well in such environment. The most annoying thing is that they multiply extremely quickly and attack most animals and people in a household. A female flea can lay up to 100 eggs a day which develop into full grown fleas within 2 – 4 weeks, also with the capability of reproducing daily. Usually the animal owner doesn’t immediately notice the small, black “dots” that fall out of the fur when they scratch their cat. As soon as they are noticed, however, you should treat all animals and, importantly, their beds quickly and thoroughly. Then you should hoover and clean your house and comb out your pet. For long-term results there are so called development inhibitors which stop eggs from hatching.
As soon as the thermometer hits 15°C, these parasites become active. The problem is that these parasites suck the blood of their host. At the same time this can lead to dangerous diseases that can also affect people. Hidden deeply within the fur they are often only recognisable when they have sucked themselves quite full. Therefore it is better to take preventative measures, find out about suitable products.
Worms are around the whole year. Above all the eggs of tapeworms such as Echinococcus multilocularis can live for a long time in the cold and free roaming cats can become infected at any time. Worms and their eggs are not necessary visible at the same time and it is not easy to tell if an animal has worms or not. This is all part of their survival strategy, only when the host (in this case the animal) is not too weakened, it provides a comfortable means of existence for the parasite. Regular worming treatments can help prevent them when combined with particular hygiene especially with cats. If you have multiple cats make sure they have enough toilets between them and clean them out regularly and thoroughly with hot water.
Call into your local store today to discuss your cat’s personal needs with our Maxi Zoo Pet Experts