Spring is known for bringing all sorts of new life to the area – but not all of it is welcome. Unfortunately, one lifecycle to emerge is that of the flea… but, luckily for cats and owners, Clent Hills Vets has come up with a list of tips to help you protect against the little biters.
Here are five top tips to staying flea free…
1. Kill existing fleas
There are many flea-fighting products, so it’s important to understand what’s available and suitable for cats.
a. Spot-on treatments – These kill fleas and can stop eggs from hatching.
b. Sprays – Some are effective, others less so. We only stock the best, so speak to us to find out which one would suit your pet’s lifestyle.
c. Shampoos – These are not the most effective approach – the impact only lasts a day or two.
2. Control the problem – How do you maintain a flea-less cat?
We use only Gold Standard products when it comes to preventing and treating pets for fleas. Advocate is a spot-on treatment that if used regularly as per the advice on the packet, should keep your pet free from fleas. Our nurses are happy to apply your cat’s Advocate treatment at the same time as weighing them.
We also recommend grooming your cat regularly to check for fleas and other external parasites such as ticks,
3. De-flea your home
Up to 95% of the flea population at any one time is in the home, not on your pet. Sprays can be used on carpets and soft furnishings, killing the adult fleas, larvae and developing eggs.
4. Stop the neighbours coming in
Other cat owners may not be so vigilant at controlling fleas, so a friendly cat entering your cat flap may spread fleas without you knowing. Microchip-activated cat flaps will only allow your own cat into your home.
5. Be observant and responsible
If your cat is scratching a lot, has hair loss, a skin problem or is losing weight, it’s wise to bring them in for a checkup. You should be aware that fleas can affect animals all year round.
Be careful with dosage – kittens need smaller amounts; and never use extra just because you’ve seen more fleas, as it could be harmful.