October 5, 2010

Effective Cat Flea Treatment

Filed under: flea treatment — Dr. Amber Reed @ 10:35 am

As a pet owner, you can never take pet health too seriously.  Fleas are a relatively common parasite that live in your cat’s skin and can potentially cause serious health problems.  Moreover, even when fleas do not cause disease, they can be very irritating for your cat.  As such, effective cat flea treatments are important for any cats living in areas known to harbor fleas.

The most effective cat flea treatment must be thorough and comprehensive.  Indeed, eliminating fleas can be a lengthy process and pet owners must be vigilant to ensure fleas have been killed and will not return.  Fleas are prolific and persistent and have been associated with a wide range of very serious diseases such as the Bubonic plague.  Furthermore, fleas can also bite humans making them annoying for everybody in the family.

Generally speaking, there are a few steps that you must take to rid your cat of fleas.  First of all, using a fine-toothed flea comb helps to remove fleas already living in your cat’s fur.  Using basic rubbing alcohol, you can kill the fleas as they are removed so they will not be a bother in the future.  In addition, many cat owners use a flea collar to prevent future flea problems.

Pet owners will also want to clean their home thoroughly to rid their bedding, carpets, draperies, and other areas of the home of fleas.  Still, outdoor cats will be susceptible to fleas so many veterinarians recommend commercial flea treatments which may include shampoos, collars, and medications.  Fortunately, there are many online sources for cheap pet meds that can save pet owners hundreds of dollars when treating their pets.

Finally, remember that cat flea treatments and dog flea treatments are not the same.  Cats tend to be more sensitive than dogs so you will need to find products that are specifically designed for cats.  Vigilant, consistent pet owners will find that controlling fleas needn’t be an arduous task.

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