Direct transmission of the cat flea (Ctenocephalides felis) between cats exhibiting social behaviour.
Bottom Line: The fleas collected on donor cats comprised 153 males and 235 females, they were all fed and all females contained eggs.This experiment demonstrated that gravid female fleas have a tendency to become permanently but not exclusively parasitic.Nevertheless, a few can change their cat host in as little as 1 h, which may play a role in the rapid introduction of a new flea population into a cat environment.
Affiliation: Université de Toulouse, INP, ENVT, F-3107 École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, 23 chemin des Capelles, 31079 Toulouse, France.Show MeSH
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Mentions: On Day-14, the 18 cats were grouped in a 20 m2 room simulating a natural environment, including games and resting areas in order to socialise them (Figure 1). The room was maintained under environmental controlled conditions: temperature 18–21 °C, ambient air exchanged 14 times per hour, lighting 12 h light/12 h dark; humidity was not controlled.Figure 1.
Affiliation: Université de Toulouse, INP, ENVT, F-3107 École Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, 23 chemin des Capelles, 31079 Toulouse, France.