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Flea Control For Cats

Cat parents often notice the signs of flea bite hypersensitivity as the cat engages in constant biting and scratching at the affected area of the body. You can also usually feel the scabs and sores when you pet your cat. In many cases hair loss is very noticeable.

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Keep in mind that even indoor cats are at risk of flea infestation. If you have a dog who goes outdoors there’s a good chance he will bring fleas back into the home. It’s important to treat all pets in the home. Don’t just treat the dog who goes outdoors because he can still bring fleas inside and they’ll go for the unprotected host (your indoor cat). Fleas can also be brought in by people. Cats who sit near open windows at ground floor level are also at risk of flea infestation.

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There are several topical flea control products available from your veterinarian. Don’t buy topical flea control products over-the-counter. Use products that your veterinarian recommends specifically for your cat based on age and health condition. Remember, anything you put on your cat will eventually go in your cat during his normal grooming so the product must be safe. Products vary in how they work so your veterinarian’s advice is needed in order to match the most appropriate product to your cat.

There are oral treatments and topical treatments. Topical products are applied on the back of the neck, just behind the head. This prevents kitty from being able to lick it off. The product will look oily when initially applied to the area but will spread through the hair follicles during the day to cover the entire body. flea control in cats

Topical and oral products typically last about a month. Effective flea control and prevention depend on consistent, ongoing treatment. It’s important to mark your calendar so you’ll know to apply the product on the same day each month or as instructed by the particular product manufacturer.

Never use a flea product labeled for dogs. The product you use must state that it’s safe for use in cats. If you have a kitten, make sure the product clearly states that it’s safe for kittens. Again, seek your veterinarian’s guidance before using any product on your pets.

3 comments

  1. My four cats (mommy and her three eight month old kittens) immediately groom off the flea treatment from each other. my house and sanity are not big enough to segregate them all for a day as my vet suggested. They dig up the carpet and fling themselves against doors if they are separated. Is ingesting selemectin dangerous and is the treatment effective if they wash it off each others necks? What do I do? I don’t want my delightful cat family itching.

  2. i was woulding what is a good flea spray to use on the floor? I was looken for something that wouldn’t hurt my moms cat or us.

  3. For those who are (rightfully) concerned about feeding or applying pesticides to your kitties every month, there are several natural pest control products that can be used just as effectively and with none of the dangers.

    Diatomaceous earth (food grade only) is one such – I have used it to successfully eradicate a flea issue after bringing the bugs home from cat-sitting for a neighbor – but a little research will yield several options.

    Something to think about,anyway!

    Tracy

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