Flea Control for Cats

Flea control in cats is important for preventing disease.

While there are thousands of types of fleas on the planet, only Ctenocephalides felis affects cats. However, that doesn't usually bring any comfort when you are dealing with a flea infestation on your feline friend. Fleas are an annoying problem for cats and their humans. But, beyond that, fleas can cause serious medical problems in cats.

Conditions Caused by Flea Infestation in Cats

Below are some ailments in cats that are caused by fleas:

It is important to remember that cats do not always scratch themselves when they have fleas. Only cats that are allergic to fleas scratch when they are infested. Do not assume your cat doesn't have fleas, and thus isn't susceptible to the above conditions, because she isn't scratching herself. Take a look at this helpful article and video for tips on how to tell if your cat has fleas. Take a look at this helpful article and video for tips on how to tell if your cat has fleas.

Life Cycle of the Flea

Flea Control Products for Cats

There are many good options on the market today for flea control in cats. Below are the most common prescription products available at this time. It is not an exhaustive list.

It is extremely important that you never use a flea control product meant for a dog on your cat. Many of these contain permethrins, which are deadly if cats are exposed to them. Also be sure to always use the right product for your cat's age and weight.

Treatment of Your Home During Flea Infestation

If your cat develops a flea problem, make sure that you are treating her as well as all other pets in the home with appropriate medications. Your veterinarian can help you choose products based on the needs of your particular household. It may be necessary to treat the environment as well. There are a variety of sprays and other products for use in the home and yard. Be sure you read the labels carefully, as people and pets may need to avoid contact with treated areas for a period of time.

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