How to Get Rid of Cat Fleas Fast?

Flea treatment can be a vexing problem for pet owners. If your animal is allowed outdoors or allowed to come into contact with other animals there is a good chance of flea infestation.  This article discusses several important steps to proper flea control.

Your dog or cat can be subject to other problems that result from flea infestation. These problems can include skin inflammation, anemia, allergy issues, and even death. The animal’s blood is consumed in the process of promoting the flea life cycle thereby leading to these other issues.

A secondary problem with fleas is that they harbor tapeworms.  Tapeworms can be detected primarily by examining your animal’s feces for small white particles an eight of an inch long.

“Spot-on” Treatments

Flea treatment should start with a high-quality substance that is administered to your pet’s coat. Veterinarians recommend Frontline flea medication and Advantage for this purpose. Instead of employing pesticides, chitin prevention breaks the flea cycle. These treatments are sometimes referred to as “spot-on” treatments since they kill the adult flea. They can be used to treat both cats and dogs for fleas.

These spot-on products prevent larvae from developing and kill existing larvae. Advantage is something I’ve tried on my cat and it appears to work effectively. This medication is a gel that is put between your animal’s shoulder blades and is believed to migrate over his entire body in about 12 hours, killing fleas. To disrupt the flea cycle, you’ll need to treat once a month for four months.

Cats do not tolerate permethrin, which is poisonous to them.

Flea Shampoo

Along with spot-on treatments, flea shampoo can be an effective treatment. Follow the product’s instructions for correct application. Baby shampoo will also help, but avoid the types that include oils because cats can react to the oil. The underlying assumption behind flea treatment shampoo is that soapy water is an effective pesticide in general.

Soap For The Living Areas

Let’s focus on what can be done around the house to prevent fleas now that your cat or dog has been taken care of. Only around 10% of the flea population is found in your pet’s body. The carpet, sleeping rooms, and living areas of your home are home to the majority of adult fleas, eggs, pupa, and larvae. This complicates the problem of flea management significantly.

If this phase of control is not considered, fleas will continue their life cycle of accelerated development. To begin, soak the towels and other textiles that make up your pet’s bedding for 15-20 minutes in hot water with soap. The fleas will be killed by the soap. Then, in your washing machine, wash and rinse as usual. The flea will die as a result of the loss of moisture.

Vermiculite For The Carpet

Local stores like Ace Hardware carry a product called vermiculite. Buy some vermiculite and apply it to your carpet, then vacuum completely.

Vacuum For Dark Corners

Fleas avoid light so don’t forget to clean darker areas of your home. Daily vacuuming can go a long way toward the eradication of fleas.

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