Are cat fleas transferable to humans?

While cat fleas prefer to look for a house tiger as a host, they are generally not very picky. That is why the parasites can also be transmitted to humans. Caution: cat fleas can also be transmitted to humans - Image: Shutterstock / Osokina Liudmila

They are a nuisance that not only affects your cat, but can also be a pesky affair for you: cat fleas. The little torturers don't stop at animal owners either - they are transferable to people. The possible consequences: uncomfortable itching and allergies.

Cat fleas: transferable to humans

Unfortunately, fleas are very adaptable little beasts. If a cat is not enough for you as a host, they like to jump over to a human. As with the four-legged friends, they sometimes cause severe inflammation of the skin and itching. Some people are even allergic to the sting of cat fleas - clearly visible from skin changes. Typical symptoms that you really have fleas are several red stitches next to each other.

Cat fleas can also transmit bacteria such as streptococci and staphylococci to humans. This in turn can lead to inflammation. But don't panic - this is very rarely the case. In tropical areas, the little pests can even transmit bacteria that trigger typhus.

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Parasites are not a serious danger

Children in particular are sensitive to flea stings. The problem: They are more likely to become infected with fleas than adults because they play more on the floor and the little beasts run around there more often. Important: Even if fleas are transferable to humans, they do not pose any serious health risk in Central Europe.

Free fleas from the apartment

Of course, you should still make sure that the small parasites disappear as quickly as possible and fight the fleas not only in the cat fur, but also in the apartment. Adult cat fleas lay eggs in the fur of their hosts, which fall over time and end up in the apartment. The eggs first develop larvae, then pupae and ultimately fleas. An apartment is an excellent place for the development of parasites - carpets and upholstered furniture offer ideal places.

If your cat has fleas, you must clean the apartment with special agents to prevent it from spreading and re-infesting. You should pay particular attention to the places where your cat prefers to be - such as a cat basket, blanket or the scratching post. You can find more on the topic in the guide: "Fighting cat fleas in the apartment: tips".