Don’t you know if your cat has fleas? You don’t know what fleas on cats look like. But if you can see some little brown or black specks on your pet’s skin, and this is the flea feces, by the way, then you just might have seen the real culprit. Because could there be flea feces without fleas? And did I mentioned that flea is a blood-sucking parasite who depend on their host for survival?
Fleas on cats, very well your cat, could mean less cuddling time with her. How bad? Well, as bad as forcing you to keep your distance from your feline. Even so bad, and although your cat itches like crazy, there is not much you can do, except of course to watch your kitten lose weight and lose its fur in the worst cases of a terrible flea attack.
Getting rid of fleas on cats can be interesting because sometimes it’ll just turn out to be some kind of do-it-yourself exercise. As well things can go all wrong and then frustration will set in if you’re not equipped with the right information. Like, take, for instance, different treatments usually apply to the different life cycle of fleas. You may not know about this so you just ordered just any product. This product might only work for about a week, then you get to start seeing those fleas on your cat again. This could be that you treated your cat for the adult flea while neglecting its egg.
And instead of going about looking for pest control experts whenever there are fleas on your cat , what if there are some courses of action, some being natural and others not, that you might take and equally have the same result as having it done by an expert?
The treatment of fleas on cats often requires that you first look out for any signs of movement in the cat’s fur. If you spot tiny bugs on your cat’s coat, guess it’s time to fight fleas.You could comb your cat with a fine-toothed metal flea comb from head to tail several times a day as a way to skim off adult fleas and their eggs. This comb-down approach, aside the fact it works, also helps to ease your cat of the itching, and the pampering that comes with every stroke of the comb will make her purr with pleasure. To make this method of removing fleas on cats most successful, dip the comb in a mixture of water and liquid detergent in order to kill off the fleas.
As a way to get rid of their eggs, vacuum your carpets while not ignoring your pet’s bed and resting places. Use hot water with a splash of white vinegar to wash your cat’s bedding. You could empty vacuum right away and take the trash out to prevent the flea eggs from hatching and re-infesting the house.
Now that you’ve prevented the eggs from hatching and have killed the adult, what’s next? I do hope you know we’re doing this eradication for every life cycle of the flea? So If you’ve done or will be doing the above, it becomes possible to prevent pupa and larva from developing and reproducing as they can only reproduce after they’ve fed on blood.
Spot-on products are generally safe, more convenient, and equally as effective as the traditional methods which often involved the use of flea collars, shampoos, sprays, and the likes. These spot-on products are available online for purchase. And while you place an order for one, ensure you read the accompanying instruction to be sure you’re using the product as directed or as appropriate for your cat. As well, asking a vet doctor helps too.
In what seem like another effective way of handling fleas on cats, some medicines are readily available which when given to your cat can bring relief, having interrupted the growth cycle of those fleas.
Once every month you’ll add the flea treatment to your cat’s food. It’s also available as an injection your cat gets every 6 months. This doesn’t kill adult fleas; it keeps them from reproducing.
Nitenpyram an active ingredient contained in Capstar pill kills fleas on cats within 30 minutes. And this is without any residual effect.
You might be interested to know that a single female flea can lay up to 50 eggs in just one day. These eggs get to drop in places like your carpet as your cat moves around your home.
Wash your cats at least once a week. Strip off any bedding, sofa covers, and other fabrics your cat has touched and dumped them straight into the washing machine. Use hot water so no bugs will survive the wash cycle.
And for some reasons flea medication may not be advisable for use until the cat is of a certain age. The thing is, whatever product or approach you so choose to use in fighting fleas on cats, not being excessive about it and understanding your cat’s growth stage and allergic reaction is key.
Cats are particularly sensitive creatures, and with the tendency to lick their fur. Chemical fleas treatments should be used with caution.
Prevention, such as regularly washing your pet’s bedding and vacuuming, if done regularly and correctly is one of the best ways to keep you on top in your fight with fleas.
But If nothing natural seems to work, do you know that could mean more serious measures are required? So I recommend the following:
First off, ensure all your pets are treated.
Next, clear the decks. Take all pets and family members out of the house, and then coat carpets and other surfaces with a flea spray. Sprays that work the best often contain the ingredient methoprene or pyriproxyfen. If you’re worried about chemicals in the house, try a natural citrus spray. By the way keep pets, kids, and everyone else away until all surfaces have dried.
And finally, call a flea expert. If fleas decide to take up permanent residence, you might need an exterminator to address the problem.