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cat flea

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

See: Ctenocephalidesillustration

chigger flea

Tunga penetrans.

dog flea

See: Ctenocephalides

human flea

Pulex irritans

rat flea

Xenopsylla cheopisillustration
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* Treat all the pets in the house--despite their name, cat fleas infest different animals
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typhi in the cytoplasm of midgut cells in cat fleas obtained from El Labs, a biological laboratory supply company in Soquel, California.
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Cat fleas, for example, turn up on cats, dogs, rats, squirrels, rabbits, chickens, and humans.
Some dog and cat flea treatments, particularly those bought from pet shops or supermarkets, contain a chemical called permethrin.
At first, I thought I had been bitten by a cat flea but my wife Maria inspected the damage and said, "That looks like shingles."
The master of the high jump would be the cat flea which is capable of jumping 130 times its own height - a huge 34cm.
The most common flea in this country is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis.
(Do not put borax on a dog.) In the meantime, I dusted the dogs with a 2% rotenone dust (used for cat flea powder or as garden insecticide).
Although high temperatures and humidity are most favorable to the cat flea from June to August, it breeds in the U.S.
Studies on the growth of Bartonella henselae in the cat flea (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae).