Ever had an itch that you can’t get rid off?
It’s rare that we humans can’t do anything about our itches, but think about that little fur ball purring at your feet!
Cats are furry animals that provide a comfortable, warm home for fleas. Therefore, every cat owner feels the need to be educated on Flea Treatments for their Cats at some point.
I’m this blog post we will cover various ways and essential methods that can keep your cat safe from fleas.
Want to soothe your cat’s itch? Hop on to know more…
How To Know If My Cat Has Fleas?
In this section of the blog, you’ll find ways to identify that fleas have found home in your cat!
There are just too many signs if you pay attention. The most evident one being a restless itchy cat.
If you find your cat scratching excessively, tossing and turning, has sensitive skin and losing hair here and there, look out for nasty pests infesting its fur. Scabs or severe scratch wounds is also an easy giveaway.
Fleas suck the blood out of your cat and hence, a lazy cat with drained energy may also have caught fleas.
Combing through its fur and looking out for bloodsucking creatures moving around, is one way to ensure. You can also look out for unusual white and black specks that represent flea eggs and flea dirt respectively.
Time For The Flea to Flee!
Once you know your cat is suffering from bloodsucking monsters, time to wage war against them!
In this section of the blog, we have provided steps that you must follow to ensure a flea-free cat and home.
1. Comb them out!
The first step of the treatment is the easiest. A flea comb with thing teeth comes handy. You just have to gradually comb near the skin, so that the comb gets hold of the flea and peel them off your cat’s skin gently.
Keep a soap water solution ready, so you can drown the fleas you catch in the comb. Make sure you do this very gently as you cat fur may get caught in the comb too, and you probably wouldn’t want your cat to be less fluffy.
2. Wash, Rinse, Repeat.
An essentially important step in treatment, as well as prevention of flea, is washing them.
While a thorough rinse with cool water can expel fleas, anti-flea shampoos will ensure that those creatures die and don’t return for a while.
Naturally, using a cedar, eucalyptus, lavender, or citrus-infused shampoo will help to keep the creatures at bay, owing to their flea repellant properties.
3. Chemical Treatment
When it comes to your little one’s health, taking risk is the last thing you want. To make sure the fleas are killed, expelled, and not coming back, prescribed treatment is always suggested.
While anti-flea dust, sprays, and shampoos work, Spot-On treatments are more effective, convenient, and will help your cat to recover from flea caused scabs and wounds.
Spot-on Treatments are concentrated liquid solutions that are dabbed on a cat’s neck and areas where it cannot lick. These are well known to keep ticks and lice at bay too. While your vet would be the right person to prescribe what product in what concentration will work best for your cat, there are a few ingredients that are most likely to help your cause.
Some active ingredients include Fipronil, Imidacloprid, Selamectin, and Fluralaner.
Another highly effective treatment includes oral administration of medicines since they mix with the bloodstream and kills the pests as soon as they suck blood. The downside to this quick flea solution is that it does not in any way protect the cat from further flea infestation like Spot On treatments do.
4. Getting rid of flea remnants
Making your cat squeaky clean and free from flea doesn’t mean you’ve done and dusted the matter. Fleas are notorious in marking territory wherever they go, by laying eggs.
Not only your cat bed is then at risk to be a fresh flea market, but your entire house since your cat has been roaming around. You have to conduct a thorough cleaning of your house.
Wash your pet’s toys, beddings, and vacuum your entire house to be safe. Lastly, don’t forget to steam clean and spray treat your home and yard, so there’s no worry of those pests making a comeback.
Cedar and diatomaceous earth can be quick fixes to repel fleas where your cat sleeps. You can also use salt if you stay in a place with low humidity.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
While the above treatment is all you need to get rid of the flea nightmare, no cat owner would want to have other creatures residing in their furry friends. It’s always a wiser choice to prevent than to treat.
The most important step being a yearly preventive treatment from your pet, monitor the kind of places your cat visits. Make sure neither these places nor your home is dirty.
Take special care of your pet’s hygiene, and that should be enough to keep it healthy and cuddly.
Lots of exciting stuff to come up, hang around until the next post! Meanwhile, drop a comment if you’ve had a terrible flea experience, or if this treatment worked for you…