It is important to know how to spot fleas and treat them. To check for fleas, examine if there is any movement in your cat’s fur. Fleas further cause irritation to the pet. They can jump from the pet to your body or house items.
Use a flea comb on the cat and comb the whole body to check on fleas. If the cat is infested, you should deep the comb in a mixture of water and detergent and use on the creature. The comb lessens the irritations and removes the adult fleas.
Flea elimination approaches
i) Treatment products
These are convenient and work best when applied on the body of the pet. Application products work better than other method of treatment. They are available online and are also obtainable from the vet. They come with advice on where to apply the product. In addition, read instructions on the frequency of use and amount to apply.
There are solutions that do not work on cats and the safety of the product needs consideration first. Cat treatment products should contain ingredients such as fipronil, imidacloprid or selamectin. Some products go an extra mile to prevent re-infiltration. The best dog flea treatment is one that you know that works from friends or family.
Medication works with other methods of treatment to eradicate fleas.They are majorly monthly treatments and the drugs contain lufenuron. The compounds are mixed with cat food or administered as injections. They hinder the reproduction of adult fleas. There is also a tablet that kills fleas in 30 minutes called Capstar. It however lasts in the pest’s body for a short time.
iii) Treat the home
Fleas reproduce rapidly. Their eggs and larvae hide in corners of the house and on the carpet. You need to vacuum the house daily to reduce on their numbers. Clean the couch, carpet and make sure to cover all areas. Empty the dirt into the trash outside as soon as you finish. The vacuum sucks out the eggs too.
iv) Clean fabric
Give a weekly wash to the beddings, covers and any materials that the pet plays with. Wash with hot water and detergent for effective flea removal.
v) Fleas that refuse to die
Severe measures are available to deal with stubborn fleas. Clear the room of all pets and individuals. Use flea spray on all areas. The most operational sprays contain methoprene or pyriproxyfen. There are also less toxic sprays like natural citrus spray and other natural treatments. Let the sections dry before returning to the house.
Call an exterminator if the fleas persist after trying other procedures. Their charges are based on the area and extent of invasion. Practitioners have better knowledge of fleas and do a thorough job.
What to note
There are additional treatment plans such as flea shampoos, collars etc. Consider starting with mild solutions, and then advance to more serious treatments. There are also natural ways out that are more pocket friendly and easy to engage.
Flea barriers protect the pet from fleas. While administering treatment, ensure all your pets go through the program. The extent of flea infestations does not stand a chance against the methods available. Their numbers should therefore not scare you.