A cat is indeed an impressive creature. It’s a top predator with hunting skills rivaling that of a lion. It has a mind of its own, and its will is not going to be broken easily. If a cat doesn’t like the food you serve, it would rather starve to death than touch it. Yet with all this willpower and stubbornness comes a fantastic ability to bond with and love its owner. A cat’s love has to be earned, though. Unlike dogs, you can’t expect affection if you don’t put in the work; serve just the right food at just the right time, clean the litter box, and so on. In some ways, a strong bond between cat and owner is even more impressive than between a dog and its owner.
If your cat catches fleas, you’ll want to ease their pain as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to know the available flea treatments for cats and the way they work. That’s the aim of this article.
Before I present product categories, I would like to offer the following general tips:
- Some cats are allergic to some products. Always visit a veterinarian who can help you choose the right product.
- It is always better to prevent a flea infestation than to treat one.
- There has been some discussion as to the safety of some of the chemicals in flea treatment products. From what I have read, I gather that most products are regarded as safe as long as you follow the directions.
- Do follow the directions on the label!
- Be careful not to choose a product designed for cats with a different weight than yours.
- Never use a flea product for dogs on a cat.
- When considering a product for treatment, make sure it contains both an insecticide and an insect growth regulator. This way, you can be confident that adult fleas, as well as eggs and larvae, are killed.
- It is not enough to simply treat your cat for fleas. 90 % of a flea population resides in other areas of your inside and the outside environment.
Product Categories for Treating Fleas on Cats
Flea collars are meant to both prevent and treat flea infestation on your cat. They give continuous protection for several months, and many of them are water-resistant.
These are pills you give your cat to protect and treat them from flea infestation. They begin working fast, often within 30 minutes, and kills all fleas within a matter of hours. Some of the benefits are:
- Cats whole body is protected is protected
- They’re not as messy as the topical products
- They produce immediate results
Most topical flea treatments eliminate fleas within a day and remain useful for about a month. The liquid is usually applied between the shoulder blades at the base of the neck. The cat’s natural body oil then distributes the medication all over the cat’s body. Some treatments also enter the cat’s bloodstream, giving the effect that fleas ingest the medicine when biting.
If a cat has many visible fleas, a flea shampoo can be an excellent first countermeasure. However, we all know how much cats hate water, so it may not be for everyone. Note that shampoos are not meant for long-lasting flea control. One benefit is that when used properly, they leave little chemical residue on your cat that prevents catching fleas for a short period.
Rinses Flea rinses are liquids that you dilute with water and soak your cat in by spraying, sponging, or rinsing. Usually, you don’t rinse with water, unlike what you do with shampoos.
I hope this article was helpful as a starting point for getting some knowledge on the different products available when it comes to flea treatment for cats.