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Ringworm is not a true worm, rather name for a type of fungus, related to fungus that causes athlete's foot in humans. It usually causes no discomfort, but is highly contagious to other cats and humans. If left untreated it weakens immune system and leaves your cat vulnerable to other, more serious diseases.
Fleas are perhaps most infamous pet parasite. Although they eat no more than a drop of blood each, a flea infestation can cause anemia in adult cats and death in kittens. In addition to literally sucking life from your cat, fleas often transmit tapeworms, as serious internal parasite. Just a few fleas can cause great discomfort to your cat, especially if she is one of many animals allergic to fleabites. The best way to conquer a flea invasion is to prevent it in first place.
Daily grooming, especially if you allow your cat outdoors will help you keep one step ahead of flea hordes. As you flea-comb your cat, dip comb into a container of soapy water to kill fleas. The soap film coats and suffocates fleas.
Ask your veterinarian about preventative flea medications. These are given to your cat orally. The chemical they contain is harmless to your cat, but makes fleas sterile. It is absorbed into your cat's blood, so when a flea bites her it cannot reproduce.
If your cat has had fleas in past, it is very likely that you have flea eggs and larvae in your carpet and upholstery. Your veterinarian can suggest a "flea bomb" based on how bad infestation is. It is important to follow package instructions carefully and repeat treatment as directed in order to make sure all generations are eliminated.
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