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  Cat Flea (Ctenocephalides felis)





Cat Flea | Ctenocephalides felis photo
Cat Flea

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Cat Flea | Ctenocephalides felis photo
Flea fecal material combed from a cat

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CAT FLEA FACTS

Identification
Cat Fleas are small reddish brown wingless insects with tube-like mouthparts for feeding on the blood of their hosts. Their bodies are flattened to make it easy for them to travel through hair. The body is hard and has hairs and spines. They have long hindlegs adapted for jumping.

Size
2mm

Habitat
lives amongst cat fur

Food
adult cat fleas feeds on blood of their host. larvae feed on organic matter including the feces of mature fleas

Breeding
Fleas lay small white oval eggs. The larvae are small, eyeless and worm-like covered in bristles. The larvae pupate in a silk, debris covered cocoon.

Notes
Frontline and Advantage are good products for control of fleas on cats, together with brushing and combing to reduce the numbers of adult fleas.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Siphonaptera
Family:Pulicidae
Genus:Ctenocephalides
Species:felis
Common Name:Cat Flea

Relatives in same Genus
  Dog Flea (C. canis)