cat flea

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cat flea

A haematophagous insect which primarily infests domestic cats (Felix catus).


An insect of the order Siphonaptera. Fleas are wingless, suck blood, and have legs adapted for jumping. Usually they are parasitic on warm-blooded animals, including humans. Fleas of the genus Xenopsylla transmit the plague bacillus (Yersinia pestis) from rats to humans. Fleas may transmit other diseases such as tularemia, endemic typhus, and brucellosis. They are intermediate hosts for cat and dog tapeworms.
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cat flea

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chigger flea

Tunga penetrans.

dog flea

See: Ctenocephalides

human flea

Pulex irritans

rat flea

Xenopsylla cheopisillustration

cat flea

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The eggs of Ctenocephalides felis are pearly-white, ovoid, about 0.
We collected and analyzed Ctenocephalides felis (143 fleas) and C.
Although the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, is currently the only known vector of R.
A minority of these genera live in close association with humans (synanthropic), including fleas of these species: Pulex irritans, Ctenocephalides felis, Ctenocephalides canis, Xenopsylla cheopis, Nosopsyllus fasciatus, Echidnophaga gallinacea, and Tunga penetrans (1).
henselae, which is transmitted among cats by the Ctenocephalides felis flea (2).
5% were identified as Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea (Table 3).
We did, however, commonly find cat fleas, Ctenocephalides felis, which are the main vector of R.
Evaluation of experimental transmission of Candidatus Mycoplasma haemominutum and Mycoplasma haemofelis by Ctenocephalides felis to cats.