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Can Rabbits Get Fleas?



Rabbits CAN get fleas.

Fleas are blood-sucking parasites and will feed on pets, livestock, wild animals, and even humans.  There are over 2,000 species of fleas, but the species that most commonly feeds on household pets is the Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché) or the cat flea.

The Cat Flea

The tiny cat flea is about 3 millimeter in size, flat, and wingless.  It travels by jumping and can span a distance over one hundred times its body size.  The cat flea is capable of carrying such diseases as the plague and can also transmit intestinal tapeworm to your pet if an infected flea is ingested.

The cat flea will lay its eggs where your pet is sleeping.



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