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Treating Cats and Kittens for Fleas: Pet Advice | Foss Feeds Information Centre

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Treating Cats and Kittens for Fleas: Pet Advice

We all want our feline friends to be happy and healthy, so it’s really important to ensure they have regular flea treatment to prevent them from feeling unsettled and sore. Many people treat their cats once and think that will suffice, but one single application is not going to be enough. When it comes to treating your cat or kitten for fleas, you need to take all aspects into consideration. As cats are very independent animals that may come and go from your home at any time, you need to ensure all areas of your home have been treated too. Fleas may not stay for long periods of time in your cat’s fur, but their eggs can spread, and they often find a home in areas like the sofa, carpet and so on. There are plenty of aerosol sprays available that enable you to spray all areas of your home to help try to keep the fleas at bay, along with the treatment for your cat.

Treatments, Tablets and Injections

There are lots of great products available to help keep your cats protected from fleas, and they come in a range of different forms. Flea treatments are designed to sit on the fur of the animal, rather than being digested or injected. Spot on treatment products are designed to be applied to the back of your cat’s neck, helping to eliminate the chance of fleas developing further. You can find certain treatments that also kill off the adult fleas. You then have the option of tablets and injections, which can sometimes be a little harder to use. Flea medication comes in a tablet or injection form, and they aim to stop eggs from developing through to fleas that could then cause harm to your cat or kitten.

Flea Combs, Powders and Shampoo

Knowing the difference between a short term and long-term treatment is really important, as many products out there are perfect for treating your cats for a shorter period of time, but that won’t help prevent the risk of fleas in the future. Flea combs are useful for detecting whether or not your cat has fleas, but not quite as useful for preventing or controlling them. With a flea comb, you can identify if your cat has a large number of fleas, but they don’t help to get rid of them. Similarly, flea treatment powders are only going to help your cat’s flea situation for as long as they sit on the coat. Applying flea powder to your cat’s fur will help initially, but once your cat starts exploring the powder will soon rub off and leave your cat with no treatment. You then have flea shampoos, which are a difficult one to judge. Flea shampoo is ideal for killing off the fleas currently residing in your cat’s coat, but it’s important to note that the shampoo will not prevent them from coming back, so it’s always worth using a prevention treatment alongside your flea shampoo.

If you’re having difficulty or struggling to stay on top of treating your cat for fleas, don’t hesitate to consult your vet for the best possible advice. It’s important to be thorough and careful when treating your cat or kitten, so gaining advice from a professional will help to ensure you’re doing all the right things to keep your feline friends comfortable and healthy.