Lice In Cats

There are many problems that we have to deal with when we have cats. Indoor cats usually are the easiest to take care of because they are not surrounded by other cats or animals that can spread diseases and problems. People who have outdoor cats have to worry about their cats being affected by many things. One of the worst problems is lice.

Lice are a type of insect that you can actually see if you close enough for them. They are flat bugs that do not have any wings. Once they have attached onto an animal they tend to live there until they die.

These bugs are able to be transmitted to cats through direct contact with an animal that is infested. If your cat has lice you need to be careful because they’ll be hard to get rid of, often getting into carpet and other places. While it’s not common for cat lice to spread to people, it’s not unheard of either in some rare cases.

Symptoms

The most common symptom to look for in lice is a dry coat that is very scruffy. It is possible that they will lose some hair and itch severely. There are types of blood sucking lice – which can cause anemia in cats when there is a heavy infestation. You will have the ability to diagnose the problem yourself by looking at their fur and scalp. They usually tend to grab hold of the hair shafts and stick to it.

Treatment

Although they are some of the most annoying bugs to affect your cat they are some of the easiest to treat and eliminate when you compare them to fleas. They are not a threat to you or your children although they can be annoying and you should think about cleaning your entire home and treating yourselves.

You will need to give your cat a bath and use pyrethrin shampoo that is specifically for cats. When they are dry you need to apply pyrethrin spray or powder. You will need to perform this treatment for two weeks or until all of the lice and nits (eggs) are dead.