July 2014 Issue

The One-Eighth-Inch-Long Menace

Fleas’ seasonality has vanished in some areas, while females continue laying 50 eggs a day

Summer brings blooming flowers, singing birds and — biting fleas. Warm weather awakens the fleas, if indeed they were ever asleep. Rising temperatures attributed to global warming are shortening the fleas’ long winter naps and in some areas, eliminating them entirely, making flea bites a year-round risk for cats.

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