Fleas are one of the most annoying aspects of owning pets. Despite a wide variety of medicine and prevention methods they are still a major problem, in fact, last year there was even an estimated rise in the amount of flea reports in the UK. The problem can be worse if you own both cats and dogs in the same house as the variety in behaviours can let fleas in from all areas. If you’re in this situation, is one more likely to get fleas than the other? Here is some speculation on whether cats or dogs have a higher chance of getting fleas in the UK.
Leaving the house
Assuming that we’re talking about house pets, it can be easy to think that going outside will be the biggest source of fleas. While they obviously have to come from outside, it can often depend on where you live. The main things fleas like are long grass with a warm and damp climate. Unfortunately, this is also the perfect area to walk dogs, and cats often hang around in long grass too, although dogs are much more likely to catch fleas in this environment.
Cats often catch fleas by socialising with each other outside. If one owner doesn’t treat their cat for fleas in an area then it creates a recurring problem that can be hard to get rid of.
Because long grass is such an issue, rural living tends to have more fleas in fields and canal paths as they have better living conditions for the fleas. City parks tend to be better kept so have less chances of getting them from the grass, but they’re also more densely populated with dogs so it’s easier to catch them from other people’s pets. City parks tend to be better kept so have less chances of getting them from the grass, but they’re also more densely populated with dogs so it’s easier to catch them from other people’s pets.
Does that mean dogs are more likely?
If you live in a rural area there are fairly even chances. Urban living and dog-dense walking parks mean that dogs are probably more susceptible there, but there are so many factors that it’s definitely worth looking at prevention straight away.
How to avoid getting them
Hopefully you’ve not been so unlucky yet and none of your animals have fleas. Prevention isn’t too hard, although it is basically impossible to prevent them without spending any cash. Finding the best flea application can be hard, but spot on treatments tend to be the most effective, lasting around eight months. While there can be some side effects, they are generally found across the board of flea prevention techniques, and the natural ones aren’t that effective.
Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Ved Medic and I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to treat your cat’s fleas. We had a flea infestation last year and it was not fun!