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Can Cats Eat Flies?

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Can cats eat flies? If you’re asking this question, then you are probably dealing with a cat that loves to chase and eat flies.

If we’re being honest with ourselves, chasing insects, birds, and other small creatures is part of the fun of having a cat. 

But what happens if your cat decides to eat the fly that they caught? The good news is that nothing significant is likely to happen if your cat eats one annoying fly.

So, yes, cats can eat flies, but there are a few things to watch out for if fly-catching is part of your cat’s normal daily routine.

Are Flies Okay for Cats to Eat?

Yes. Your cat will be okay if they eat a fly every once in a while. Most of the time, eating a simple housefly will have no adverse effects on your cat. In fact, flies are made up of mostly protein, which is vital for your cat’s dietary needs. 

With that being said, however, don’t encourage your cat to keep eating flies. The reason for this is that some flies carry bacteria that can be harmful to your cat. 

Flies could also come into contact with pesticides, which could easily transfer to your cat, either on their mouth or their stomach lining. The risk is low, however, if your cat only ate a fly or two. 

Why Does My Cat Keep Eating Flies?

Just by having a cat, you already know that cats love to play with things that are small and move. Flies are just one of the many types of insects that your cat is likely to want to play with. 

You’ll also find your cat playing with spiders, centipedes, moths, and other disgusting insects from time to time. If it moves, it’s fair game to your cat.

So why does your cat keep eating flies instead of just playing and swatting at them? Well, the answer is simple. Your cat knows by instinct that a fly is a living thing and cats are hunters by nature. 

Also, cats absolutely love to go after things that move, which is probably the biggest reason your cat keeps chasing and eating flies.

Can Cats Get Maggots From Eating Flies?

Eating flies will not usually cause your cat to get maggots. Your cat could eat an actual maggot and possibly contract maggots from that.

However, the likely culprit is an open and infected sore somewhere on your cat’s body that is likely causing a maggot issue, which is called Myiasis.

Myiasis is basically an infestation of maggots on the skin, fur, or open wound of your pet. Some of the symptoms of this grotesque condition are red puffy sores on the skin with visible maggots present. 

Your cat might also appear lethargic and have a decrease in appetite. They may also meow a lot more than usual. Something may seem off with their behavior. 

If you suspect that your cat has Myiasis, it is a treatable condition, and you should make arrangements with your veterinarian as soon as possible. Don’t wait!

Your veterinarian will have to manually remove the maggots, as well as treat the area with an antiseptic. They will also likely prescribe your cat some sort of antibiotics since the maggot problem is due to an infection somewhere on your cat. 

Can Cats Get Worms From Eating Flies?

So can your cat get worms if they eat a fly? Again here, the answer is a thankful NO. If your cat ends up getting worms, it is usually due to some other circumstance, and not because they ate a housefly. 

A common way for your cat to get worms is from ingesting flea larvae while they are licking themselves. The worms will usually show up in their intestinal tract which is why you may find worms in your cat’s poop. 

It’s important to check your cat for fleas every once in a while, especially if they are itching themselves a lot more than normal.

Luckily, there are a few deworming treatments available on the market today that can help relieve your cat of worms and also of fleas.

How Do I Keep Flies Off My Cat?

The best way to keep flies off of your cat is by getting rid of the flies themselves because your cat is going to chase a fly or any other insect that moves if it is near them. There is no getting around this fact if you have both flies and a curious feline in your home.

So how do you rid your home of flies? Luckily, there are several ways to get rid of the common housefly. Below, are some basic things you can do to relieve your fly problem.

-Make sure you dispose of any garbage properly. Spoiled food should be brought to your outdoor garbage can instead of putting it in your indoor garbage.

-Repair any torn screens that are in any of your windows. Besides the door, this is the main way that flies enter your home.

-Make sure you keep your cat’s litter box clean as much as possible. Flies love feces and they will lay eggs on them, which in turn, creates more flies.

There are also several products that you can buy that help with housefly issues. Since you have a cat in the home, I would avoid buying any products that contain pesticides or any other substance that’s easily digestible by your cat.

Another product to avoid is those electrical fly zappers. Those can obviously hurt your cat should they touch the zapper with their nose out of curiosity.

If you must buy one of these devices, make sure it’s the type that you can hang up out of your cat’s reach. 

Final Thoughts

Chasing flies around the house is a really good way for your cat to get some much-needed exercise since most of their lives are spent sleeping. 

And if your cat just happens to eat the fly that they are chasing, your feline friend will most likely be okay as long as your cat is eating flies in moderation. 

If your cat does happen to eat more flies than you are comfortable with, then make sure to monitor your cat for several hours after ingesting the flies. 

If your cat starts throwing up after eating some flies, it may be because eating them has upset your cat’s stomach.

But if your cat starts exhibiting other symptoms such as lethargy, endless itching, or excessive vocalization, then your cat needs to be seen by a veterinarian right away.