Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Cat Flea Treatments

We love our cats, but fleas can be one of the most annoying aspects of owning one. They aggravate us as well as out pets. Cat flea treatments are effective if and when used properly and aggressively.

There are a great number of treatments you can use to rid your precious cat of these nasty insects. Before you try some of these treatments, it may be a good idea to talk to  your veterinarian about which products will work best for your pet given their age and weight.

Cats flea shampoos and dips are effective when used at the right time.  A medicated flea shampoo should be able to set on your cat about 5 minutes before rinsing off to give it time to settle into your cats skin and begin killing the fleas on  your cat. When shampooing, you will find that a week later the fleas will be back so you would have to do it often. Some shampoos cannot be reapplied for 2 weeks intervals so be sure to read directions carefully. All products are different.

Cat flea powders and sprays are good for short-term protection. These work on average 3 to 7 days. They are very easy to use but can make a mess. This method has not been very popular due to the invention of newer and better products out there.

Flea collars emit a toxic gas to kill fleas and the chemicals are stored in your cats subcutaneous layer of fat. However, these collars only work on the immediate area of the neck and head of your cat. Flea collars really don’t do much good if you have an outdoor cat.

Oral flea medications are considered by many veterinarians to be the best way to treat an infestation. This pill kills fleas in minutes. You will see the fleas drop like flies so to speak. Two of these pills are called Program and Sentinel. With the use of this product, the fleas that bite your cat will be immediately killed, and will cause the female flea eggs to not hatch. You will need to give your cat this treatment every 30 days throughout the flea treatment.

Spot-on flea treatments are good for killing adult fleas. These chemicals will prevent the larvae from becoming adult fleas. These products are Advantage, Frontline, and Revolution, to name a few.