Does My Cat Have Fleas? What You Need to Know About Cat Flea Control and How Brewer's Yeast Can Keep a Cat Healthy
Avoid Cat Fleas with Brewer's Yeast
What Health Problems Can Cat Fleas Cause in Cats?
Cats can suffer from many types of parasites but the most common parasite found on a cat’s skin is the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis). Both outdoor and indoor cats can be affected by this persistent parasite.
A cat becomes infected when a flea jumps onto its fur and starts feeding on its blood. Some cats are hypersensitive to fleas and flea bites and can have severe reactions, but most cats only experience a mild itch. Older cats and sick cats can become very ill as fleas can cause anemia.
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What Do Cat Fleas Look Like?
Most of the time you cannot see the fleas on your cat but you can normally spot their faeces. They look like small black and white grains, and are made up out of dried blood.
Cat fleas are small, brown and about 2.5 millimeters in size, and they are normally found along your cat’s back and hind quarters. Look around the base of your cat’s tail, and you will normally find them if you suspect your cats has fleas.
There are many different ways in which to treat fleas. New products such as Advantage and Frontline have more or less replaced powders, sprays and shampoos. The new products claim to be a much safer way to deal with and treat the problem of cat fleas but I am still a bit reluctant to use insecticides.
By using insecticides you also run the risk of causing an allergic reaction. Allergic reaction from Advantage and Frontline can cause skin problems, and trigger anaphylactic shock. This happened to one of my cats and it was a frightening experience.
How to Prevent Cat Fleas
There are some really simple ways in which to prevent cat fleas, and here are some easy follow tips.
- Supplement your cat’s diet with Brewers Yeast.
- Try one of the many other preventative cat flea treatments on the market
- Make sure you keep the cat’s sleeping area and favorite spots are kept clean
- Hoover your home, and consider investing in a steam cleaner
- Brush your cat’s coat
Health Properties of Brewer's Yeast for Cats
Brewer’s yeast has many health benefits to cats and can benefit their coat, eyes and improve oral health. It is almost a complete food as it contains proteins, B vitamins, chromium, zinc, iron, a wide range of amino acids and many trace elements. The yeast in the product is toxic to fleas, and when they digest it, they will die.
How Does Brewer's Yeast Work for Flea Control in Cats?
Cats can suffer allergic reactions to flea bites, and bites can even lead to blood problems.
Brewer’s yeast is a perfect, natural way to control fleas and unless your cat is allergic to Brewer’s yeast it is non-toxic. It works by a chemical reaction that takes place inside your cat’s body and produces a smell that repels fleas. Brewer’s yeast in powder form repels fleas by applying it to your cat’s coat.
How to Check Your Cat for Fleas
Health Benefits of Brewer's Yeast Powder for Cats
Brewer’s yeast is not only a good way of preventing cat flea. It also has other health benefits. Whilst the yeast contained in Brewer’s yeast is toxic to fleas, it will not cause any harm to your cat. Brewer's yeast side effects are rarely seen.
Many cat owners see an improvement in their cat’s coat, eyes and Brewer’s yeast for cats can also help to improve oral health. Brewer’s yeast is more or less a complete food. It contains B Vitamins, proteins, chromium, zinc, iron, amino acids and also many trace elements.
Flea Control and Brewer’s Yeast
Cat owners are surprised that Brewer’s yeast work but it has been recommended by veterinarians and breeders for a long time. It works by a chemical reaction that takes place inside the cat’s body, and it is thought it produces a smell that repels fleas.
How Do You Feed Brewer's Yeast to Cats?
The simplest way to administer Brewer’s yeast to your cat is in powder or flake format. Most of the cats I know will just eat the powder with their normal dry or wet food. As a matter of fact, they seem to be quite keen on Brewer's yeast. Do you need to buy a specialist formula of Brewer's yeast for your cat? No, you don't need to buy a specialist formula, Just buy the ordinary powder or flake formula that is available for humans.
You can also buy flaked or powdered Brewer’s yeast. The flakes can be blended into wet food, and so can the powder.
If your cat already has fleas, you can even apply the powder to your cat’s coat to kill off any fleas. I have tried this with friends’ cats and it works a treat. The other advantage of using Brewer’s yeast as a powder is that you know as an owner, your cat is not going to be ingesting anything harmful.
Vitamin B and Better Cat Health
The B vitamins in Brewer’s yeast can help to protect your cat’s health in more ways than one. B vitamins are vital for human health but they are equally important to our cats’ health. Cats, just like us humans, rely on B vitamins to digest fats, proteins and turn carbohydrates into energy.
Vitamin B will also help to support your cat’s nervous system and keep his liver in good shape. There is even a lot of evidence which seems to suggest that the chromium in Brewer’s yeast can support cats with diabetes, and help to prevent infections.
How Much Brewer’s Yeast Should You Give To Your Cat?
There are no hard and fast rules but 1 mg for every two kilos of your pet’s body weight. My cats like the flakes and they get about 1 tablespoon per day per mixed with their biscuits.
Cat Fleas on Dogs
If you have dogs in your household, remember to check them for cat fleas when you find your cat has fleas. Cat leas can really trouble a dog and can rapidly cause skin infections. Brewer's Yeast can help, but if you are looking for a more fast-acting solution for your dog, you want to consider visiting your local vet. Cat flea treatments are only meant for cats, and your dog will have a reaction to them. Comfortis is one treatment that is suitable for both cats and dogs.
Quick Guide to the Health Benefits of Brewer's Yeast for Cats
- A healthy nervous system
- Better energy levels
- Improved liver function
- Good skin quality
- Improved eye sight health
- Better Digestive Health
- Less risk of feline blood disorders
Brewer's Yeast for Flea Control in Cats
Brewer's Yeast Flakes
Other Feline Diseases
Other feline illnesses can affect your cat, and keeping an eye on your cat's health is essential. Most cat owners do vaccinate their cats so they are unlikely to encounter the majority of them but it is still a good idea to be aware of health problems.
Spend some time with your cat every day to ensure he or she is healthy. Brushing and stroking their coats allows for time to inspect them for lumps and bumps. A problem picked up early is more likely to be successfully put right.
Outside cats also tend to fight and dispute their territory. This can lead to some nasty injuries which can lead to abscesses. Having an abscess is the most common reason for emergency visits to the veterinarian. Cat bites are very infectious and they are often deep. Sometimes a cat can end up with multiple bites during a fight.
Digestive issues can cause long term health problems and even allergies. Poor quality food is the main problem and feeding your cat a quality wet cat food or kibble will save you money on veterinary fees.
© 2014 Annie Messeri