Fleas on Cats

Fleas on Cats are not uncommon. If your cats have fleas (Ctenocephalides felis) then it is possible that they would have been carried into your home, yard and any transport the pets have travelled in. You should look for ways of eliminating these parasites at the earliest opportunity as the flea is capable of quickly reproducing and spreading. These pests may not have wings, but they are capable of jumping up to 150 x their own body length and 80 x their height. In addition to multiplying quickly, these parasites also can carry diseases (Murine typhus and tapeworm are also linked with cat fleas).

How to Control Fleas on Cats - They will need to be treated at the same time you look to treat other areas of your surroundings that may have been infected. Preparation is therefore imperative as you may have to execute several methods at the same time. Begin by carrying out a thorough investigation of your home, paying close attention to the areas where your pet sleeps, eats and generally resides. It would also be wise to thoroughly search your yard and cars, trucks, vans also.

fleas and cats

Getting rid of Fleas on Cats - Your cats could have caught fleas from a number of sources, so if you can establish this as well it may help you prevent a recurrence going forward. Cat fleas mainly live on felines (the host), feeding of their blood by puncturing the skin and sucking, though they are also known to travel on to other house pets as well as humans, so finding a treatment is something you should act on quickly. If you allow the parasites to feed and lay eggs your home could be infested. Ways of controlling these pests in the home and yard are detailed on our other pages.

Control Fleas on Cats

Fleas on Cats Treatment - There are many methods and techniques of getting rid of fleas on your cats. If you are unsure which is most appropriate then you could discuss this with your local veterinarian or ask family and friends (forums can also be a valuable source of information). You can purchase products over the counter or directly through the internet, however the ingredients (insecticides/chemicals) should always be fitting for your type of pet, so ensure you fully read the label and instructions and be in no doubt before you apply any treatments.

How to control Fleas on Cats

Remedies for Fleas on Cats - These parasites can be targeted with any of the following methods, and it is sometimes necessary to use more than one: shampoos, baths, combs, sprays, powders, wipes, dips, repellents and medicines/pills. When eradicating these pests, remember that you must kill both the adult parasites and any eggs etc (see our lifecycle page). You therefore need to obtain an adulticide for the adults and an IGR (insect growth regulator) for the eggs, larvae and pupae.

Some products are harmful to cats as well as other pets and humans so always read the contents/ingredients. Your veterinarian will be able to advise the best product for your pet so it may be worth giving them a quick call for professional advice. Once you have treated your pussycats, it would also be a good idea to look into ways of prevention and control for the future. Use suitable repellents on your animals and ensure they maintain a healthy nutritional diet so they are less appealing to parasites.

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