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How to Safely Use Topical Flea and Tick Preventives

cat in profileFleas and ticks. Ewww, we don’t even want to think about them but it’s important to stay on top of this to prevent your cat from becoming a blood meal for parasites. Even indoor cats can get fleas and ticks, especially if you have a dog who could be bringing the little blood suckers inside. If you’re treating the dog but not treating the indoor cat then fleas and ticks could end up having a field day.

Just Because You Don’t See Them Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t There

Because cats are such fastidious groomers, you may never actually see a live flea on your kitty. You may, however, see the flea debris. Depending on your cat’s coat and how often you groom him (if at all), you may never notice any signs of flea infestation other than seeing non-stop scratching by your cat or, if there’s a flea allergy, changes in the cat’s skin and coat.

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Choose Wisely

Talk to your veterinarian about the appropriate flea and tick products for use on your cat. These products are not one-size-fits-all. Your veterinarian will guide you on selecting the best and safest product for your individual cat.

Here are some important tips to remember:

  • Never use a product meant for dogs on your cat
  • Keep dogs and cats separated for 24 hours after applying topical products
  • In a multicat home, keep cats separated after application to prevent them from grooming each other
  • Always read and follow label directions
  • Check expiration date before using a product
  • Watch for signs of allergy or other problems after applying a flea or tick preventive
  • Before using ANY product on a kitten, make sure the product is intended for kittens. Check with your veterinarian
  • don’t use ANY product on an old or ill cat without first consulting your veterinarian
  • Don’t use flea and tick products on pregnant or nursing cats
  • Make sure the product used is the right one for your cat’s weight
  • Wash your hands after applying a topical product

Nothing is more important than your cat’s safety.