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The Pest : Cat Flease
Fleas are parasitic bloodsuckers. The females can get through on average 12–15 times their own body weight in your cat’s blood and it is therefore of no surprise that severe infestations lead to anaemia, particularly in kittens who are still building up their immunities and strength and just can’t cope with losing a lot of blood.

The Threat : Both people and cats can be allergic to flea saliva, making the bites swell and itch terribly. Fleas can also carry the eggs for tapeworm, which can infect cats and, more rarely, young children. Excessive flea bites can also lead to anaemia, especially in older or ill cats. And, in rare cases in these modern times, cats have caught the bubonic plague from fleas.