Q: My indoor-outdoor cat has never been itchy; does he still need to be on flea preventives?
A: Yes, all pets that have any kind of access to other outdoor pets should be on a flea prevention program.
The old saying “prevention is better than cure” is especially true for a flea-infested pet. It can be very difficult to clear your house of a flea infestation, once your pet brings fleas home.
While most pets itch due to fleas, cats can carry a large amount of fleas in their hair coat without obviously suffering from this parasite.
Use only flea preventives approved for cats; some flea products made for dogs can be very toxic to cats.
Dr. Jangi Bajwa
Hastings Veterinary Hospital