How to get rid of cat fleas?
We bet that the first problem faced by the future owner of a fluffy pet is the treating cats for fleas. Especially, if the kitten (or adult cat) lived on the street all this time. After all, it is difficult to find a street cat or a dog that doesn’t have a single flea. These insects attack all living creatures that have a coat and warm blood.
In this article, we will tell you about these blood-sucking insects and consider all the ways how to get rid of fleas on kittens.
What does a flea look like and how to remove fleas from cats?
If you look at a close-up shot of a flea, you might think it’s some kind of monster from a popular horror movie. And you won’t be mistaken! Fleas have all the characteristics of this name.
They have a flat body with two pairs of paws attached to it. And the back paws are much longer (and more powerful) than the front and this allows the flea to jump to a height of a half meters (given the fact that the size of the flea is 3 mm). But this is not all. Their paws are covered with small appendages that help the flea to move confidently and quickly on the coat of its victim.
The most dangerous organ is their jaws which are on a tiny head. Despite their tiny size, fleas can bite the hard skin of the animal. This is the main cause of pain for all pets.
Sometimes you may not look around the whole body of the kitten in search of fleas. It is enough to examine the head of the animal. Fleas like to gather in groups near the ears of their provider. The skin in these places is very soft and thin this feature makes it easier for bloodthirsty monsters.
So rest assured, if you see dark-brown spots that have occupied the kitten’s ears in groups and run away when you try to look at them, you need to treat the cat for fleas.
How to get rid of cat fleas?
Before we know the answer to the question “how to get fleas off a cat?” we will explain to you how cats can get infected with these parasites.
Many pet owners believe that their perfect pet cat, which never leaves the boundaries of their home, is not capable of flea’s infestation. But this is a common mistake – no one is insured against flea infection.
The fact is that fleas can move on their own until they find an animal to feed and breed.
How do fleas appear in cats?
- Fleas can live under skirting boards, in carpets, ventilation, and other hard-to-reach places. Especially, if you have an apartment in an old house.
- You. Yes, it is you who can bring an insect from the street on the surface of clothes or shoes.
- A flea carrier maybe another cat or dog. Fleas that dogs have can also go to the cat.
- Your neighbors who don’t treat their animals for fleas may be the source of flea infestation.
- A pregnant cat that has fleas infects its offspring. It doesn’t do this on purpose, obviously. The infected mother-cat is in constant contact with her kittens (feeding them milk, licking, and protecting them). For fleas, it’s a great way to eat and reproduce.
Kittens often suffer from blood-sucking insects and it can be very difficult to find the best way to get rid of fleas on cats. Because they are still small and their bodies are very susceptible to different infections and chemicals. Industrial medicines can kill not only all insects but also threaten the health of a kitten.
How to kill fleas on cats?
Today’s market offers a lot of different medicines (which contain insecticides). They are designed to kill different insects. They can be sprays, collars, drops and shampoos, pills. But you should always pay attention to your cat’s age, allergic reactions, and pregnancy.
How do you get rid of fleas on a cat with the help of a collar?
Many owners prefer to buy collars to fight fleas. They are treated with a special chemical substance that acts as a flea poison but can also be dangerous for your cat. Therefore, you should select a collar from proven manufacturers and consult with your vet before doing so.
The essential drawbacks of such a flea repellent are:
- First of all, its high cost;
- Secondly, the collar protects only the head of the animal, all other parts of the body are open to bloodthirsty monsters.
Flea infestation cats treatment with drops for the cat’s withers
It must be said that this method is not suitable for those owners who have more animals than one cat. Because another animal can lick the poisonous substance from the fur of a flea-infected cat. This can be very dangerous for its health.
When you apply drops on the animals wither, the substance gets through the skin into the blood and thus spreads throughout the body. It is not dangerous for the animal and kills all parasites when they bite and drink blood. Usually, these drops are used to fight fleas and worms.
How long does it take to get rid of fleas on a cat with spray?
Flea sprays are very popular and toxic products. They can kill insects within a few hours, but their evaporation can be dangerous for both the owner and the animal. You can spray them outdoors or indoors that are well ventilated. If you have a long-haired cat then sprays are unlikely to help you. Because the product rarely gets on the cat’s skin through a long woolen coating.
And finally, you should consult with your vet before using any of the above products. Especially when it comes to kittens up to 3 months and pregnant cats.