Cat flea control is important all year round, but as responsible pet owners, we need to be particularly vigilant during the warmer months of the year.
Spring and summer tend to see the greatest increase in the number of fleas on cats who have not been treated properly.
This is because the eggs of cat fleas are activated by warmth and so any dormant eggs will hatch during the warmer seasons.
The eggs can be laid anywhere by the adult flea, but carpets and soft furnishing are a favourite place and so need to be thoroughly treated if you have pets in your home regularly.
One of the questions I am often asked is "why bother treating for cat fleas? They will only pick up more!"
Prevention Is Better Than Cure!
It is a simple process to keep your cat free of fleas and is fairly inexpensive compared with the treatment required for both your home and your cat once an infestation takes over.
There are many products now available for cat flea control and the choice of which to use should be based on your own personal preference, ease of use and also which is more effective for your cat.
If you have already had a problem with fleas on cats in your home, it is advisable to treat your carpets and soft furnishing. Sprays and powders are available to kill off any fleas and eggs and regular vacuuming will also help to remove any eggs that are lying dormant and just waiting to hatch out!
Find out more about on my other page about treating your home for cat fleas.
SPOT-ON TREATMENTS (where you simply apply a small amount of flea treatment to the skin at the back of the neck) are perhaps the most popular and easiest method of cat flea control.
They are easy to use and only need to be applied once every month, or every four or six months depending on the type you buy.
There are several brands available such as Frontline and Advantage, with other makes such as Advocate are available from your vet.
Make sure you get ones that are suitable for the size and weight of your cat.
CAT FLEA COLLARS have been around for many years but are associated with problems such as bad reactions.
Cats can develop allergic reactions to them so if you notice any hair loss around your cats neck after use, then remove the collar at once and use a different method.
There can even be serious long term health problems caused by the slow but constant absorption of the chemicals in the flea collars. Please read the story submitted by one of my visitors about bad reactions from cat flea collars. I have known other cats that have developed allergic reactions to them as well, so personally I never use them.
Some owners prefer to take their cat to the vet to receive a long acting flea injection. This is of course one of the most expensive cat flea treatment options, but some owners prefer this method.
REGULAR GROOMING of your cat using a flea comb is important to check for any signs of fleas such as dirts and eggs and to get rid of any fleas that you do find.
OTHER OPTIONS for cat flea control include sprays, shampoos and powders.
If you are already using a flea collar or spot-on treatment, be sure to check that any other product is safe to be used in conjunction with your regular flea treatment.
Always follow manufactures instructions and check with your vet if you have any concerns.
Find out more on my other pages all about cat flea treatment.
So don't let cat flea control be a problem for you. Don't let your feline friend suffer in silence and make sure that you regularly protect your pet from these horrible little parasites. Believe me you don't want your home to become infested; it can be a long difficult and costly problem to resolve.