Ctenocephalides felis

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Adult Ctenocephalides felis

The cat flea Ctenocephalides felis is one of the most common parasites of cattle.

As well as causing flea allergy dermatitis, cat fleas are an intermediate host for the filariid worm Dipetalonema spp as well as haemoplasma such as Mycoplasma spp[1].

This parasite appears to be common in rural areas where cattle, cats, dogs and humans cohabitate[2].

Treatment is usually effective with newer insecticides such as fipronil and ivermectin.


  1. Mediannikov O et al (2011) Bartonellae in animals and vectors in New Caledonia. Comp Immunol Microbiol Infect Dis 34(6):497-501
  2. Omudu EA & Amuta EU (2007) Parasitology and urban livestock farming in Nigeria: prevalence of ova in faecal and soil samples and animal ectoparasites in Makurdi. J S Afr Vet Assoc 78(1):40-45