Is your cat a fleabag? If his scratching and biting are keeping you up at night, it is time to get the pests under control.
Even the cleanest cats end up occasionally with fleas. All it takes is one to start an infestation. When your cat goes outside he is exposed to flea eggs and any time he comes in contact with other animals, there’s a chance a flea will chose your cat for a home.
Two of the most well known flea and tick preventatives for cats are Frontline and Advantix. Both of these products come as pre-measured liquid treatments which are applied directly to your cat’s skin and works to kill fleas and ticks immediately.
However, most people wait until they actually see fleas or ticks before they begin the pest control war. By the time you see fleas though, you probably already have a major infestation on your hands.
The best way to catch flea problems right away is look for them on a regular basis. Carefully comb through your cat’s hair with a flea comb, paying close attention to the hair around his head and on his belly. Fleas like to hide around a cat’s ears, eyes, and nose. They also tend to hang out in the creases where a cat’s legs and body meet.
If you catch a flea, you will know that your cat is starting to develop a flea infestation. However, while fleas may be able to evade your comb, the dirt he leaves behind will not. If you see specks of blackish dirt in the comb’s teeth, this is evidence that fleas are hiding somewhere on your cat.
To find ticks, run your hands over your cat’s body, looking for any raised spots. If you find a raised spot, check it closely to see if it is a tick. Don’t try to remove the tick yourself. Instead, have your veterinarian do it, as they are quite difficult to remove. Often the tick’s head breaks off in the animal, leading to infection.
There are other flea and tick treatments, collars, and shampoos available. If your house has become flea infested, you will need to fumigate your cat’s bedding, scratching post and your upholstered furniture. If all else fails, use a flea and tick bomb in your house, but be sure to keep your pets out of the building for at least 24 hours.