How To Get Rid Of Fleas On A Cat 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 needs to begin with a quality product to be applied to your animal’s coat. Frontline flea treatment and Advantage are both recommended by veterinarians for this use. The flea cycle is broken by the prevention of chitin instead of using pesticides. These treatments destroy the adult flea and are often referred to as “spot-on” treatments. They are good for cat flea treatment as well as dog flea treatment. 

These spot-on products stop the larvae from forming and will kill larvae that do develop.  I have personally used Advantage on my cat and it seems to work very well. This product is a gel that is applied between the shoulder blades of your animal and is said to migrate over his entire body killing fleas in about 12 hours.  You will need to treat once per month for four months to break the flea cycle.

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

Flea Shampoo

Flea shampoo can be another effective treatment to do along with spot-on products.  Follow the product directions as to how to apply properly. Baby shampoo will also work but do not use the types with oils in them as cats sometimes react to the oil.  The basic premise behind using flea treatment shampoo is that soapy water in general is a good insecticide.

Soap For The Living Areas

Now that your kitty or doggy has been taken care of let’s focus on what can be done around the house to prevent fleas. Your pet’s body only contains about 10% of the flea population. Most of the adult fleas, eggs, pupa, and larvae live in the carpet, sleeping areas, and living areas of your home. This adds considerably to the issue of flea control.

Fleas will continue their life cycle of explosive growth if this phase of control is not considered. Start by taking the towels and other fabrics that make up your pet’s bedding and place them in hot water with soap for 15-20 minutes. The soap will kill most of the fleas. Then wash and rinse normally in your washing machine.  This will take the moisture out of the flea and cause death.

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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