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Cat Fleas, wingless, skin piercing, blood suckers…

The female flea lays her eggs on the host, which then hatches into larvae before becoming an adult flea.

Cat fleas can transmit parasites and infections to dogs, cats and even to people.  Bartonellamurine typhus, apedermatitis. tapeworm Dipylidium caninum transmitted when an immature flea is swallowed by pets or people.

It is so important to keep up a regular flea treatment for your pets and around the home.

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease. The parasite infects most warm blooded animals, even people, but it’s primary host is the family Cat. Animals are infected by eating infected meat, by eating the feces of an infected cats, or passed on by a mother cat to her fetus. Catsthrough contamination of hands,and contact with raw meat, especially pork are the main source of infection to people.

The infection usually  causes mild flu-like symptoms, but healthy adults genrlly do not show any symptoms. However people with a weakened immune system, such as AIDS patients or pregnant women, may become seriously ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. The parasite can cause encephalitis an inflammation of the brain and neurologic diseases, and can also affect the heart, liver, inner ear and eyes.

The most common way for a cat to become infected with toxoplasmosis is by eating  infected prey such as rodents & birds, it is also possible for a cat to become infected by eating raw meat.

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A statistical analysis, conducted by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council shows as Kiwis love our pets. (companion animal – CA) (New Zealand – NZ)

  • with approximately 5 million companion animals in New Zealand.
  • 68% of households own  a CA.
  • New Zealanders are the worlds greatest cat owners – total feline population around 1.419 million.
  • 48% of households own 1 or more cats.
  • NZ  total canine population – 700,000.
  • 29% of households own a dog.
  • 10% of NZ households own fish 1.678 that’s an avg of 9 per household.
  • 6% of NZ households around 5 birds each.
  • The majority of CA are found in urban areas.
  • New Zealanders spend around $1583.8 million a year on where CA’s
  • $766 million is spent on food, that’s almost 50%
  • we spend $358 million a year on Veterinary services
  • $166 million on healthcare products.
  • Dogs – The avg household would spend $1571 per year caring for their dogs.
  • Cats – The avg household would spend $838 per year caring for their cats.

Don’t forget, your pets need to be de-sexed and microchipped

For more fascinating facts pick up a copy of the Welfare Pulse

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I thought I’d share this interesting info with you all

http://www.animalaid.org.au/spring-is-in-the-air-pets-suffering-from-allergies.html

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The Tapeworm is an intestinal parasite; that needs two hosts, an intermediate host for example fleas, mice or other wild animals, and a final host being your cat, here inside your cat it develops into an adult tapeworm and lays its eggs. Tapeworms have both ovaries and testes so are capable of reproducing on their own; they have a head, neck and a segmented body white or cream in colour, and are ribbon like in appearance. An adult tapeworm can grow up to 15 -60 cms in length.

Tapeworm eggs are passed in the faeces and eaten by flea larvae the eggs then hatch inside the flea larvae and become tapeworm. The flea larvae then develops into an adult flea witch goes on to infest your cat and suck its blood, your cat then ingests the flea while grooming, then once inside the cats stomach the flea is broken down and the tapeworm released. It hooks itself onto the wall of the small intestine and from here develops into the adult tapeworm. It takes around 2-3 weeks to reach maturity, and at this stage small egg filled segments break off and leave the cats body with the faeces.

Signs of tapeworm in your cat, your cat will have small rice like segments around its anus and in its faeces, as tapeworm take nutrients from your cat they may also cause the cat to lose weight and their fur to have a rough appearance.

So how do you get rid of tapeworm in your cat? There are a number of very affective products on the market. The most commonly prescribed is Drontal by Bayer, but please always ask your vet what they would recommend.

Can you catch tapeworms from your cat? No, you can not get tapeworms from your cat, how ever if you happened to swallow an infected flea it may be possible to get tapeworms. Eating fleas is not recommended, and a regular defleaing treatment of pets is.

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In an effort to find a number of cats new homes rather than have them put down, the SPCA in Wellington flew 13 cats to the SPCA in Whangarei just recently.
Here is a link to Whangarei SPCA to read more about these lucky cats. http://www.whangareispca.co.nz/
The SPCA do a wonderful job caring for the many animals people neglect or abandon, if you can help by providing a new home for one of these cats or any of the other animals at the SPCA that would just great.

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