Treatment Type: Diagnostic Procedures
Rated for: Mixed Breed / Domestic
Posted Feb. 22, 2018
Cat fleas are small (1-2mm), brown/black parasites which are fast moving and thin. They live on the top layer of the skin, feeding off skin debris and sucking blood from their host.
They can be found all over the body, but sometimes more easily seen around the tail base or the ventrum (belly).
They leave flea dirt (flea faeces) in the skin which looks like tiny pieces of black dandruff/dirt.
You can use a flea Combe to comb out hair and check for fleas or flea dirt. Best to comb directly onto a white surface.
You can also do the "damp paper towel test". Comb the hair/black specks onto a dampened white piece of paper/paper towel/ serviette. If it really is flea dirt it will turn reddish/brown colour.
There is also blood test which can be done to check if your cat has a flea allergy.