Cat Flea Control
How To Control Fleas That Infest Your Cat.
Fleas are the most common parasite and annoyance in cats and dogs. They aggravate pets no end and can even bite the owners. They are not just an annoyance, however; fleas can and do cause health problems, mainly through associated parasites which could lead to anemia and other afflictions. Cat flea control is thus essential for keeping your pet healthy and flea-free.
Natural flea control methods are advantageous and you should always keep your cat clean and well turned out. Home remedies are really only good as a backup, though, and if your pet becomes infested with fleas, using some form of medication is the way forward.
Cat flea control medication
There are many different medications out there for cats with fleas, which generally come in the form of tablets, drops, or sprays. There are also many brands on the market, with Frontline, Advantage, and Revolution being three of the main ones. Their products are generally not cheap; yet there are cheaper, natural ways of cat flea control.
The age of your cat will determine whether or not to use medication as a form of flea control. Very young or elderly cats generally do not endure medicines well and it may be a case of waiting it out if they are really young. If your cat is fully developed, the risk of side effects is better than the wait-and-see approach.
Popular flea control medicines on the market:
- K-9 Advantix
In general, no single method of flea control will work in ridding your cat of fleas. You need to destroy their eggs and keep new flea males off the animal. Think about also using flea collars, flea combs, flea shampoo, and the like.
Administering flea control medication
There are many ways to administer medication to your cat and no one method may work for you. Tablets are administered orally; spray goes on the skin and is directly absorbed; while drops can be added to food. Talk to your vet on the prods and cons of each method. He will then prescribe the right medicine based on the condition of your per and any previous illnesses your cat has had.
A trial and error approach en-masse with medication by the pet owner is not recommended. It is best to stick to one medicine at a time until you have the right one as they are not designed to work together. Going through medications willy-nilly to control fleas is not the answer and neither is administering medicine pro-rata with the amount of infestation. Flea medication doesn’t work this way and you need to stick with the dosage instructions and veterinarian’s advice. In addition, while generic medicines are usually cheaper, buying named brands is safer; if only for the peace of mind.
The length of cat flea control can also determined by any bathing restrictions. It may be weeks before your cat is completely rid of fleas, their eggs, and any ticks.
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