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What to Do When Your Cat Gets Fleas

When your cat gets fleas, getting rid of those pesky parasites may be much easier said than done. It is not uncommon for cat owners to spend huge amounts of money and a great deal of time trying to get rid of fleas, only to find that they have a whole new set of larvae hatching within no time at all.

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The problem is equally as bad for your cat. Whilst it may not be nice for you to live amongst these parasites, it will be even worse for your pet as they will undoubtedly spend their days scratching frantically and struggling to ever feel comfortable.

The first test is knowing whether or not your cat even has fleas in the first place.

Since the fleas in your home will be living off any animals you have, it is very unlikely that you yourself will be bitten. It is only when food is scarce that they will turn to humans for sustenance, and only then after days without food. As such, unless you have a home completely free from animals for a few days at a time you may not even notice you have fleas until your house is completely over run and the crowded population is what forces some to choose a human host for their food.

A very light infestation can become a serious problem in a matter of just a few weeks and so if you have even the slightest concern that your cat may have fleas, it will be best to act sooner rather than later. Not only can fleas cause discomfort to your pets and, ultimately, for you, but should a cat or even, in extremely rare cases, humans consume a flea by accident, such consumption can easily lead to tapeworm infestation.

Fleas can also give cats allergic reactions. Some owners may worry that their cat is having a reaction to food and choose to change diet rather than realising that the reactions are actually down to a flea infestation. Whilst food can cause reactions and whilst it will in turn always be important to buy quality food from a quality pet food supplier, always be sure to check your cat for fleas if they show symptoms of allergies, are scratching regularly or seem to be uncomfortable for prolonged periods.

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Once you have highlighted a flea problem, it will be important to take action as soon as possible. First, it is wise to use hot soapy water to clean your cats. Whilst it is unlikely they will enjoy this, it is a very good way of killing the fleas currently living on your animals. Then, consult your vet about which flea treatments are best to apply to your cat. These will be soaked into the bloodstream and will kill any fleas that then bite your cat. Always opt for high quality products, as cheaper versions are unlikely to get the job done, meaning you will spend more in the long run and risk any infestation getting worse.

Finally, spray your entire home with flea spray, being sure to clear the home of animals first. Again, opt for the highest quality spray possible, and one recommended by your vet, as not only are cheaper ones more likely to be harmful to humans and animals but, again, cheap high street sprays will usually simply fail to get the job done meaning that, again, more time and money is spent in the long run.

About the Author – Adam Howes is a freelance writer and blogger. He regularly contributes articles to Home and Pet sites, watched eagerly by his fluffy white cat, Chino. This piece was written using Hills Pets for research.

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