Different Types of Flea Controls for Cats

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A Complete Guide On Flea Controls for Cats

Cats are prone to flea infestations and they don’t just bite and suck blood, they also pose serious health issues to your cat. And, once your cat gets attacked, it will be a matter of time before everyone else in the house starts experiencing the wrath of this small but dangerous pesky pests. If not addressed immediately, a flea infestation can be so bad to an extent of damaging the cat’s skin or induce allergic reactions. The worst case scenario would be your cat becoming anemic from too much blood loss. However, compared to ticks, fleas cause less harm though they could potentially carry other parasites such as tapeworms or diseases.

Luckily, the market has different types of flea controls for cats and you just have to consult your veterinarian and your cat will be free of fleas within no time. But, to avoid all this agony, start with prevention because it’s better than looking for a cure.

However, it’s good to note that not all flea controls for cats have the same effectiveness. In this article, we are going to look at six flea controls for cats and also let you know the most effective among them. Read on.

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Only 5% of fleas live on the cats. The rest, 95%, are usually in the environment. As such, you should not only focus on the cat, but its environment as well. This includes the entire home, that is if your cat goes everywhere, and the cat’s beddings and furniture. Otherwise, you might keep going in circles where you treat the cat then they go back and collect more fleas.

And, when buying flea controls for cats, remember that you will be targeting adult fleas, their eggs, and larvae etc. so buy the appropriate product.

Flea Collars

Different Types of Flea Controls for Cats

Flea collars for cats are designed to go on the cat’s neck. They feature flea preventative ingredients and they remain effective for a few months. Some flea collars are insecticides only thus work by only killing adult fleas that are on your cat. However, there are certain flea collars that contain IGR’s and they can kill flea eggs as well as larvae. Thus, if you decide to go for flea collars as a way to control flea on your cat, be specific on what you want.

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There is a huge downside to flea collars. Since they are on the neck, they are more effective around the neck and head areas leaving the rest of the body exposed for attack by fleas. Thus, not unless you have another way of preventing fleas on the other parts of your cat, you will still see your cat scratching itself profusely.

The other downside to using flea collars for flea control on your cat is that being chemical based, the collar can cause certain risks such as your cat rash development around the neck and this is not a good thing.

To ensure that you won’t be bringing more problems to your cat than it might be going through already, consult your local veterinarian and get their recommendation on which collars to get. Also, since your cat cannot communicate to you on how they are feeling once they start wearing the flea collar, make sure to check their neck from time to time to see if they have developed any rash and also watch out for any behavioral changes from when you put it on them.

Tip: To ensure that any flea that you vacuumed from the environment is killed and doesn’t come back to attack your cat, always put a flea collar in the vacuum cleaner bag so that they all die.

Flea Combs

Different Types of Flea Controls for Cats

If you have a newborn kitten, it’s advisable to not expose it to flea products at that young age as they might do more damage than good. As such, one of the various ways that you can help with flea control is by using a flea comb. There are various types on the market and even though they will not get all the flea out, they will make a big difference.

How to use a cat flea comb:

Remember that fleas do jump and it might be hard to even catch them because of their small size. Thus, you need to have a plan on how you will use the comb for the best results.

First, plan on where you want the fleas and the eggs plus larvae will fall once combed from your cat. One way is to get a towel or a blanket that will then be washed immediately to kill them all or fill a bowl with water and comb directly into it so that the water drowns the fleas. If you decide to use a bowl, add some detergent to the water. Again, you can apply some petroleum jelly on the comb because it makes fleas stick on it quickly. But, if you decide to use a towel or a blanket, make sure to wash it on a hot wash so as to kill any eggs, fleas or flea larvae. They might be visible to your naked eyes so just wash the towel/blanked anyway.

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You cannot solely rely on a flea comb to get rid of all the fleas. For better results, the recommendation is to use it in conjunction with any other flea control products. And, remember to vacuum the area you combed your cat from to pick up anything that was knocked loose.

Flea Shampoo

There are various cat shampoos and some are medicated to kill fleas. If you decide to use flea shampoo, make sure you are giving enough attention to the cat’s certain parts such as under the chin, behind the ears and above the tail because of fleas like these parts the most.

Also, depending on the size/age of your cat, look for a flea shampoo with the appropriate active ingredients. Some flea shampoos have pyrethrins as the active ingredient, and being an insecticide, it might not go well with a young cat. Instead, you can choose a more natural cat flea shampoo to ensure that you won’t be doing more damage than good to your cat.

Another thing to check is how the shampoo works when it comes to flea control. Does it eliminate fleas at all stages of the lifecycle or just the adults? The best choice is one that kills both adults, eggs and larvae fleas because you won’t have to bath your cat after every few days given how quick the fleas mature and multiply.

Again, some flea control shampoos for cats contain conditioner. As such, the cat’s far will be all soft after the bath. And, some shampoos kill both fleas and ticks so if you are also dealing with a tick infestation, you don’t need to buy two different products. However, if you are not sure which shampoo to buy especially if you have not used one before, consult a veterinarian for best recommendations.

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Keep in mind though that not all cats love the bath time. If you haven’t tried bathing your cat you might want to take things slow and see how they will react. Again, some cats dislike the flea shampoos scents and thus they might give you a hard time even though normally they enjoy bath time. Also, if your cat has any health issues, don’t use any flea shampoos without proper consultations.

The only downside to using flea shampoos is that their effectiveness is not long lasting. As such, you will need to bath your cat every so often especially during the flea season.

Flea Powders

The other type of flea control for cats is flea powders. There are various types of flea powders out so there are no restrictions as long as you know what you are looking for. With flea powders, all you do is sprinkle them on the cat’s fur, making sure to cover every part for better effectiveness.

If done correctly, flea powders are capable of exterminating all fleas on your cat in just a few days. However, just keep in mind that the flea powder will only work as long as it is on the cat so if your cat is constantly exposed to fleas you might want to apply the powder as often as possible.

Again, when it comes to applying the powder, avoid doing it in the house because you don’t want to inhale it or have it all over the floor. The best place to do it would be from outside as long as it’s not windy. And, also keep in mind that cats might not like to be held for long especially once you step out of the door. Hence, hold them tight but gently and apply the powder as quickly as you can.

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As much as flea powders are effective and easy to use, they might not be the best to use on cats, or at least frequently. This is because cats lick their fur all the time and this means that they will not only be directly inhaling the powder from the fur but also consuming it. This might cause health issues such as breathing problems so it’s not a recommended frequent flea control for cats.

The other problems with using flea powders are that the cats can easily shake it off and they will rub it on every furniture and clothes that they get on.

Flea Sprays

Flea sprays are the other types of flea controls for cats and they are quite common. The come in pump or aerosols bottles, but most importantly, read the manufacturer’s instructions and also follow your veterinarian’s advice.

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Most sprays have a loud hiss sound and your cat might not like the sound. To have it easy, go for a pump bottle as it’s not as loud. Thus, make sure to hold him/her as you spray and you don’t need to soak them with the spray. Just a little but make sure that you are covering every part.

Again, be careful not to spray in their eyes, nose, and mouth. Instead of spraying these parts directly, I would recommend you spray on your hand, have latex gloves on, then rub it in their fur. Alternatively, you can use a cotton ball. Spray it then rub it in around the sensitive parts.

Flea Drops

Flea drops are oil-based thus they will slowly spread throughout the cat’s body. When applying, you have to remember that your cat might try to lick the drops off as they like licking their fur. And, the drops might take some time to spread throughout the body so you have to drop them where the cat can’t reach. The best part to drop is between their shoulder blades. You will need to move the fur to expose the skin because the drops should go on the skin and not on the fur.

If you have not used flea drops on your cat in the past, make sure that he/she is relaxed because they might get agitated or nervous. Also, follow the recommended procedure by the manufacturer or your veterinarian for safety and effectiveness.

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There are adult flea drops and kitten flea drops so keenly when ordering. Also, some will just kill the adult fleas while other can kill eggs, larvae, and adult fleas.

What’s the most effective Flea Controls for Cats?

Flea drops are the most effective among the six types of flea controls for cats. The application process is easy and it’s not messy. Again, because they are oil based, they remain on your cat’s skin longer thus offering a longer prevention.

However, applying the flea control products on your cat is not enough. Remember that fleas can be anywhere so you need to work on your floors, carpets, and yards. But, consult your vet on which products to use as some might not be good for your cats or kids. And, if you have more than one cat, you might want to keep them apart after applying whatever flea control as they like grooming each other and they might swallow some chemicals.

Lastly, keep an eye on your cat after applying any flea control products to see how they will react. Watch for poor appetite, depression, unusual drooling, diarrhea, and vomiting.

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