Choosing A Good Cat Flea Treatment – Avoid The Pitfalls

November 9, 2012

Cute kittyThese days choosing the best cat flea treatment can be a daunting task to say the least. No matter how much we love our cats and want to take good care of them, it’s almost impossible to know which product is the most effective and non-toxic on the market today. Finding safe cat flea treatments can drive you nuts sometimes, so how do we choose and where do we start?

Well, a good place to start is to understand these little critters better and to find out where they breed in our homes and on our cats – and then we’ll know more about how to get rid of them! Let’s see what some of the experts have to say about the subject….

Don’t Flee the Flea!

You’ve seen them – tiny, quick creatures that scurry through your cat’s fur, feasting on her blood, and causing painful itching – so bad that kitty may scratch herself raw in seeking relief. If you have a bad flea infestation in a multiple-cat household, you’ve probably been bitten yourself by these voracious feeders, and you may even have seen them hopping through your carpeting. (Did you know a flea can jump 33 cm. in one leap – over a foot?) I’m here to tell you – cat flea control is not only possible, it’s relatively easy.

The most common flea which feeds off cats, dogs, and humans, is the Ctenocephalides felis. If you observe your cat scratching and aren’t sure if fleas are the cause, use a flea comb on your cat and observe the tiny black dots that emerge on the comb – we commonly call it “flea dirt,” but in reality, it is the excrement the flea leaves. Smash some with a damp paper towel, and it will turn red – that’s the residue from your cat’s blood – and a warning that cat flea control is indicated….>>Read on

Whether you are looking for flea treatment for cats or flea treatment for kittens, there are a few basic things you need to know before you can make your choice:

Treating and Preventing Fleas on Cats

New products such as Program, Advantage, and Frontline have practically replaced the use of dips, powders, sprays, and shampoos to treat and prevent fleas. The new products are more effective and safer than the traditional insecticides. They are also easier to administer.

Program (the brand name for lufenuron) was the first and remains one of the most popular agents for controlling fleas on cats. Program is a tablet or liquid given once a month with a meal. There is also an injectable form that is given every six months…..

Advantage (imidacloprid) is a once-a-month topical liquid that kills fleas by direct contact. Following application, 98 to 100 percent of adult fleas are killed within 12 hours. Thus, any new fleas that infest the cat should be killed before they have a chance to lay eggs. This breaks the flea life cycle and eventually eliminates fleas in the environment. Advantage is not absorbed into the cat’s system, and therefore is nontoxic. Humans do not absorb the chemical after petting a treated cat. Advantage can be used on kittens 8 weeks and up.

Frontline and Frontline Spray contain the active ingredient fipronil, which kills fleas on contact within 24 to 48 hours. The fleas do not need to bite the cat to be killed. Frontline is a topical liquid that comes in tubes and is applied as described for Advantage. Frontline Plus is labeled for kittens 8 weeks of age and up.

Revolution (selamectin), a heartworm preventive, is a once-a-month topical liquid that is applied to the skin of the cat’s neck between the shoulder blades, as described for Advantage. It also controls adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching. Selamectin can also be used to control ear mites, roundworms, and hookworms, as well as some ticks….>>Read on

One important fact that we have to remember is that treating only the fleas that live on your ckitty is a good start, but it’s only half the story. To get the job done well and ensure that the little pests do not return we have to treat ALL the pets in our homes – and that includes dogs as well. After treating all the pets it’s time to tackle your home environment, both inside your home and outside in the yard. See what what the vets have to say about that…..

Control Fleas In Your Home

Fleas in your home? The thought alone is enough to make your skin crawl….

M. Duffy Jones, DVM, notes that sometimes, longstanding flea infestations can lead to bacterial or yeast infections. A veterinarian can recommend the right meds to eliminate these infections in your pet.

Jones also highlights the key steps to truly getting rid of these persistent little pests, so they don’t continue causing problems for you and your furry friends.

Step 1: Treat your infected pet and all other pets in your house for fleas.

This means put flea product on every furry friend you have for several months in a row. You need to kill adult fleas and newly hatched fleas. Your vet can recommend the best product.

Step 2: Clean and vacuum your entire house.

Pay special attention to the dark nooks and crannies where fleas like to lurk and lay eggs. And wash all bedding and other linens where your pets have spent time. Also, ask your vet about products you can safely use to kill unhatched flea eggs.

Step 3: Treat your yard…>>read on

If you are a cat lover like me then I’m sure you will have found this information to be useful. Treating your furry friends for fleas is not always easy but armed with some good information and a little bit of planning it’s not that difficult to do. Just follow the basic steps outlined by the experts quoted in these articles and you should have a flea free home and a healthier and and happier cat or kitten very soon.

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