Dealing with Cat Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are the common problems of cats and cat lovers.  Not only that; if a cat has fleas, chances are there will also be fleas around the house.  Ticks, on the other hand, come from outdoor cats and can transfer from one cat to another. Fleas can cause skin problems to a pet cat.  Flea bites are usually itchy and can develop into allergies.  Fleas can also transmit different types of diseases including blood infections. Kitten Ticks, on the other hand, are parasites that bury themselves into a cat’s skin.  They suck out the blood until they grow into a size of a pea. There are a few solutions in controlling or dealing with fleas and ticks on cats and other pets.  For cats, there are topical treatments such as powders, sprays, collars and spot-ons.  Such products are simple yet effective ways to treat and prevent fleas from coming back.  It is also very important to remember not to use a dog flea product to a cat as this can be extremely toxic and may result to death. Oral formulations and injections are also effective ways of getting rid of fleas and ticks.  This can also prevent the development of eggs so as they will no longer multiply; but it must be remembered that the house should also be treated for fleas and ticks.  There are household sprays that are available.  These can be used in carpets and other furniture.  Vacuuming regularly and thoroughly is also one way of getting rid of fleas and ticks.  Make sure that after vacuuming, trash is thrown properly and that the canister is empty from fleas. There are also natural products composed of citronella and eucalyptus that can kill fleas and ticks.  Aside from that, there are also home remedies that can help in the treatment.  A special detergent or cleaning powder called borax can aid in dehydrating adult fleas.  Once dehydrated, they slowly die.  Another way is to wash home fabrics in hot water.  This can kill flea eggs.  This can be done weekly until all fleas are gone. Another innovative way is to create a non-toxic trap.  This can be done by placing a bowl of soapy water under a night light beside the cat’s bed.  Fleas are easily attracted to the warm glow and will drown once they get inside the bowl.  Sticky flea traps can also attract fleas with its light reflection and odor.  Once trapped, they will eventually die. Cat in grass It is also important to keep the yard “flea proof” by preventing stray animals from entering.  Watering the yard frequently also helps in achieving that.  Always keep the yard neat and dry to avoid having fleas and ticks.  Mowing regularly also allows the sun to penetrate through the grass, thus discouraging ticks and fleas to go inside the house.  Barriers like wood chips or gravel can also prevent ticks and fleas from crossing. Taking care of the pet cat also helps in the prevention of flea and ticks.  Giving the pet a bath regularly using a non-irritating soap helps the cat become flea and tick-free.  However there are cats who hate taking a bath.  Sprays, powder, foams and mousse can be an alternative.  Combing the cat’s hair also keeps fleas and ticks away.  When combing, concentrate on the neck, stomach and the base of the tail – these are places where fleas and ticks love to hide.  Lastly, a regular visit to a veterinarian keeps the cat healthy all the time. With all these tips, dealing with fleas and ticks will be easier.