Flea problems can be diagnosed by finding fleas on the cat or by seeing black “flea dirt” grains in the coat. These particles are flea feces. Fecal material is made up of digested blood. When brushed onto a wet paper, it turns a reddish brown. Cats that have fleas will often be itchy and have bare spots on their skin where they have excessively groomed or scratched their hair out.

Look for fleas on your cat’s back and around the tail and hindquarters by running a fine-toothed comb through her fur. Fleas are sometimes seen in the groin area, where it is warm and there is less hair. Itching is most pronounced in these areas.

The easiest way to treat fleas in cats is with a topical flea treatment. Bell Veterinary Clinic can provide you with a safe and very effective treatment for your cat.

Caution: Flea treatments for dogs may be toxic for cats! Never use dog products on your cats!

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Ear Mites

Ear mites are another common problem in cats. They are tiny bugs that live in the ear of your cat and cause inflammation and itching. Typically the cats will scratch and rub at their ears even causing bare skin to appear around the base of the ears and around the eyes.

There are several causes of ear “infections” in cats. At Bell Veterinary Clinic we are able to take a sample of the ear discharge and analyze it under the microscope. This is the only way to tell for sure if the infection is caused by ear mites, yeast or bacteria. This allows us to provide you with the correct treatment to take care of those ear problems. If you suspect your cat has ear mites call us today at 810 678 3938 to get it looked at.

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