Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Flea Facts

It helps to know a little about the fleas we so desperately try to kill and prevent our cats from being infested with. Some flea facts you would not even believe when you read. Like the life cycle and reproduction of these tiny little jumping insects. Here are some things I think you should know.

adult flea

The cat flea is the most common flea found in North America.

Fleas are parasites that feed on blood.

A female flea consumes 15 times her own body weight in blood each day.

The female flea can lay about 2,000 eggs in her lifetime.

Female fleas cannot lay her eggs until after her first blood ‘meal’. She will begin to lay eggs within 36 to 48 hours of that meal.

Fleas do not have wings, however, they can jump long distances since they have three sets of elongated legs.

Flea fossils date back over 100 million years.

A flea can bite up to 400 times a day. This is very disturbing. And terribly uncomfortable.

On average, a fleas lifespan is two to three months, although they can survive undisturbed for up to 100 days.

Flea larvae are actually blind.

The cat flea, which infests both cats and dogs,  is a tropical insect and cannot withstand freezing temperatures for a long period of time.

While the adult flea lives of the blood of your animal, flea larvae actually live off of organic debris in your animal’s environment.

Some fleas can jump 150 times their own length!

 

With all these things being said, I would suggest we protect our cats and animals with all the precautions we have available. There are so many treatments out there to prevent a problem from occuring, so start treating your cat today!