We love our feline friends, they bring us such joy, amusement and companionship but like all pets they also have their challenges. Generally speaking, once they get past that cute but destructive kitten phase taking care of them becomes a breeze, but if you find yourself getting nibbled around the ankles, you may have a flea outbreak on your hands.
In this blog we take a look at how to tackle fleas in your home and on your cat.
Right from the kittenhood your cat should have been regularly receiving flea and worming treatment. You can pick up drop on flea treatments at your local pet shop or stronger, longer acting medications at your vets. In general, flea treatments need to be done every month, though up to three months is fine for the stronger solutions.
If you miss a dose then fleas can come back very quickly. They are at their height during the warmer summer months and when your heating is on.
When you suspect that your cat does have fleas, make sure to treat them immediately with a drop on solution, something like Advantage is a popular choice.
While the medication is getting to work, you may also want to comb through their fur to get rid of any live insects or eggs that have been laid recently. Drown them in a bowl of water to make sure they don’t escape.
If you have a pet door for sliding glass door or a cat flap, then chances are your pet has picked up fleas during their adventures outside. You don’t need to prevent them going out, but you do need to treat the infestation in your home as quickly as possible.
First of all, clear all the floors as much as you can. Fleas love to lay eggs in places such as skirting boards and in the gaps in floorboards. Give everywhere a thorough vacuum, concentrating on areas where you have seen flea activity.
Then we recommend picking up some vet approved spray to treat the whole house. You may need more than one can to treat larger properties. It can take a few days or even weeks to break the flea cycle so persevere with treatment once a week.
If, after 12 weeks, you are still seeing fleas then call in professional pest treatment, who will administer some pesticide. You may need to vacate the property for several hours and make sure any pets are kept outside for the same duration.
Having fleas in the house can feel embarrassing but it’s part and parcel of having pets. Make sure that you’re up to date with your pet flea treatment and call on your vet for advice for the best products for your pet and for your home. Don’t delay in taking action as soon as you spot a flea or feel like you’re being bitten. The sooner you take action, the sooner you’ll say goodbye to fleas for good.