An investigation on the influence of feline flea allergy on the fecundity of the cat flea
Survival, egg production and egg viability of fleas allowed to feed on eight flea-allergic and six flea-naive cats were compared. Fifty fleas, in feeding cages or free roaming, were allowed to feed on the cats. Flea-allergic cats removed significantly more free-roaming fleas than did flea-naive cats. Female fleas produced fewer eggs on flea-allergic cats than on flea-naive cats regardless of feeding method. There was no significant difference in egg viability between the two groups. The data suggest that flea-allergic cats efficiently removed fleas by grooming and that they also produce unknown factor(s) that affect the fecundity of fleas.
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Mcdonald, B., Foil, C., & Foil, L. (1998). An investigation on the influence of feline flea allergy on the fecundity of the cat flea. Veterinary Dermatology, 9 (2), 75-79. https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1365-3164.1998.00090.x