Cats And Fleas

Cats And Fleas

Cats and fleas are a common but irritating combination. No one wants fleas, especially cats, and fleas can be a pain to get rid of.  Do you remember the last time that you had an itch that you couldn’t reach? Your cat can have the same frustration when they have fleas, only it might be multiplied ten times if there are a lot of fleas.  Having fleas requires you to take immediate action, it’s not something to be taken lightly or ignored.  Irritated skin from flea bites is not only uncomfortable but it can lead to serious health issues.  Good pet care requires prompt treatment of a flea and tick outbreak. Cats and fleas is a common problem but one that can be handled easily.

Cats And Fleas Are An Age-Old Problem

Fleas can be insidious little creatures.  One flea can produce hundreds of eggs in a short period of time.  Your pet can suddenly become a breeding ground for vermin.  Regular inspection of your pet’s skin and fur is a good first step to staying on top of the problem.  Brushing is a great way to get rid of any fleas and ticks that are hiding in their fur.  Many vets recommend that you brush your pet outside if possible.  Not only will it stop pet hair from getting into any rugs or carpeting but it will leave any fleas that you have brushed off on the outside of your home.

Cat Scratching Fleas

When you are brushing your pet, make sure that you are thorough.  It’s easy to attack the back and head but it’s also important to brush the legs, belly and even the tail.  Fleas aren’t fussy when it comes to setting up shop and laying eggs.  They will go anywhere that has room for them to thrive.  If you see black flecks in the hair that comes off, you will know that your pet has fleas.  This is a sign that you need to continue brushing and possibly even need to give your cat a flea bath.

Cats who have fleas should be kept apart from other family pets.  Fleas aren’t fussy and will leap from cat to dog and dog to carpet.  Cats who are finicky and clean themselves often can get fleas although they do a better job of getting rid of them.  If your cat goes outdoors often they may be more prone to bringing ticks and fleas back into the house with them.

How To Get Rid Of Fleas

Getting rid of fleas and ticks takes some work.  Your first step if to remove them from your pet.  Brushing has been mentioned as a good way to get rid of them but you can’t stop there.  Your pet’s bedding and toys may have been exposed and you will need to clean those items.  Put your cat’s bedding and soft toys in the washing machine and wash in hot water.  Plastic toys and their food bowls can go into the dishwasher for a good cleaning, just be sure to keep the temperature low.

Next, think about the places that your cat has been inside your home.  Does it sleep on a bed or sofa?  Where does it play and eat?  Don’t forget the litter box, it may have an unwanted visitor.  Vacuum your home thoroughly, including the drapes and your furniture.  Scrubbing hard floors is a pain but it is a good idea in this case.  Change out the litter box (you will have to do this anyway) and wash the bedding on any bed that your cat likes to lounge on.  It’s a lot of extra work but if you can get rid of fleas that are lurking in your home you will stop them from latching on to your cat.

Work With Your Vet

Contact your vet and explain your problem.  They will be able to give you some good advice and they can also recommend some effective powders and gels that kill fleas and help keep them from returning.  There are some excellent over the counter topical treatments that work well against fleas for cats that stay indoors.  In worst case scenarios your vet may need to get involved with vets treatment.   However, most flea outbreaks can be handled with good cleaning and a flea powder.