Indoor cats and parasites. Are they still at risk?

The answer is YES. Unfortunately, indoor cats can become infested with fleas and other parasites very easily.

Many pet owners believe that keeping their cat indoors protects them against parasites, a common misconception. Cats are excellent groomers so many remove the evidence of an active flea burden from their skin and coat hair which leaves owners completely unaware that there is an existing flea infestation.

Fleas are the primary source of tapeworms. Your cat can get tapeworms from swallowing a flea that is carrying tapeworms just from their grooming activity. An outdoor cat is more likely than indoor cat to be infested with fleas, ticks and intestinal worms, however indoor cats can still attract these parasites even without putting a paw outside!

The movement of fleas and ticks is not just limited to animals. Humans can bring parasites into the home in the form of adults, eggs, larvae and pupae hitching a ride on shoes, belongings or clothing.

Heartworm is spread by mosquitoes. When an infected mosquito bites your pet, it injects baby heartworm larvae into the blood. Mosquitoes can easily find their way inside your home. Indoor only cats are still at risk!

Regardless of whether you think your pet is likely to come into contact with one of these organisms, it’s best to be safe than sorry. Providing year-round parasite protection is crucial for every pet in your home. Your indoor cat is still not parasite proof even if there are no other household pets.

Any of the friendly staff at Vetcall Q-store can help you determine a prevention protocol best for your pet. PREVENTION is the answer!