How to look after your cat with fleas
If you’ve been a cat owner for some time you’ll know the struggle of fleas all too well. No matter how hard you try sometimes it just seems impossible to resolve. Regular flea treatment is the only key solution to help avoid unwanted visitors on your pet, however sometimes no matter what efforts are in place, fleas still slip through.
How will I know if my cat has fleas?
When your cat is already infested with fleas it shall show signs of overgrowing and scratching. This may be in violent bursts or more frequent sessions than usual. Some cats can have allergic reactions to the fleas which can create red patches of the skin that may aggravate your cat to the touch. Fleas are 1-2mm in length and area dark brown shade. They prove especially difficult to spot in thick or dark hair. If you are unsure on if your pet is suffering with a flea infestation the vets are always a great option to help out.
How do I resolve the issue?
As soon as the infestation has been spotted quick treatment is the key.
- Purchase a cat flea treatment. This can be purchased from a local pet store. If you’re concerned about dosages and what will suit your cat personally a vet can be of great advise.
- Groom your cat more. As the treatment is ongoing, extra grooming can be required to remove the fleas. A flea comb should be used and any found is then drowned in warm soapy water.
How long will the treatment take to work?
There are two main types of flea treatment that slightly differ in how long they take to work. The more common and more preferred spot on treatment can take 24 hours o remove all live fleas from a cats body, however treatment should be continued in full course to ensure the infestation does not return. Tablets are also an available treatment but the time taken can vary based on the type and dosage.
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