FLEA CONTROL FOR YOUR CAT/KITTEN  

 

Flea control for cats is another important area of cat health. Treating your cat for fleas regularly is essential for both their physical and emotional health.


Fleas can cause disease in your cat as well as making their life totally miserable.flea control for cats 


It is important to note that Kittens under 4 weeks of age and sick or convalescing cats are not treated with Flea treatments. 

 

The easiest form of flea control is the “Spot On” type of treatment, these are usually administered monthly.

There are many different brands of these available, some just treat for Fleas alone eg: Advantage.
Others are a combination Wormer and Flea Control treatment eg: Revolution.


These are a topical flea treatment applied directly to the cat preferably between the shoulder blades on the back of the neck, where it is unlikely that the cat can reach to lick the treatment off which will be harmful to them if ingested.

It is essential that you use these products only as directed and make sure that you do not over dose or under dose the cat by buying the wrong weight/ratio treatment.

Always check the weight range on the packaging and make sure that you weigh your cat and that it falls into that weight range specified.

 

Flea Control for cats and kittensIt is "Extremely Important" that you never use any other form of “Spot On” Treatments for your cat.

It has become an increasingly disturbing trend lately that cats are being poisoned unwittingly by their owners who have purchased a Flea treatment for the dog and then decided to save a bit of money by using it on their cat as well.

This is an extremely dangerous practice which may ultimately end in the death of the cat and what little bit of money that was saved has now blown out to an expensive Vet bill! 

 

Advantix is one of the most common dog Flea treatments which is highly toxic to cats. It contains Permethrin and can also affect your cat if you have applied it to the dog and the cat “Grooms” the dog, thereby ingesting the substance.

Sometimes poisoning may occur through shared grooming tools. Permethrins are synthetic with the original ingredient coming from the Chrysanthemum flower and a lot of Flea Bombs also contain this ingredient so when using these you must also check the ingredient listing on the packaging and if you do use them evacuate the animals for the recommended period of time.

Cats are unable to metabolise the toxin due to the lack of a particular enzyme in their liver. It then affects the nervous system, particularly the spinal cord causing symptoms such as tremors, drooling and seizures.

There is no antidote for this and the cat will require intensive supportive treatment like fluid therapy and anticonvulsives but many cats do not survive despite the intensive care.

As soon as it is realised that poisoning has occurred the cat should be bathed thoroughly and many times with warm water and gentle detergent.

This is probably best done at the Vet Clinic as getting your cat there as quickly as possible will give it a better chance of survival.

 

This is a guide only, it would be advisable if you have dogs and cats, that you consult with your vet about the treatments which are safe and suitable for your animal’s needs