Fleas can carry and transmit several potential illnesses of importance to humans, including typhus and plague, and can transmit “cat scratch disease” (infection with Bartonella) among cats who can then spread the disease to humans.
Can your cat get sick from fleas?
Fleas are blood-sucking parasites, which means your pet can become anemic from biting fleas. Dogs and cats that become infected with Bartonella, are bitten by a flea that carries the parasite. Symptoms of a Bartonella infection include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and swelling of the lymph nodes.
What diseases are transmitted by fleas?
Diseases transmitted by fleas
- Bubonic plague. The most well-known flea transmitted disease is the Bubonic plague.
- Murine typhus. This is a rare disease in North America, but a few cases of Murine Typhus are reported each year and mostly originating in southwestern states.
Can having fleas kill a cat?
Common Feline Diseases Carried by FleasAnemia: Unchecked infestations of fleas can actually cause anemia from blood loss; this can sometimes be fatal, particularly in kittens.
How long can a cat live with fleas?
Without a host, adult fleas live only a few days to two weeks. On short-haired cats and dogs fleas survive an average of eight days; they live longer on long-haired animals. The female flea begins laying eggs within two days of her first blood meal.