What To Do When Your Cat Gets Fleas A comprehensive guide on getting rid of fleas for cats

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What To Do When Your Cat Gets Fleas

Are you worried your cat might have fleas? But youโ€™re unsure of what to do next and how to proceed with this issue? Here, weโ€™ll tell you how to get rid of all those fleas for good.

Do your cats seem a bit off? Are they grooming themselves a bit too much? If you think your cats are acting a bit unusual and feel agitated, it’s probably because they have fleas. Your cats are usually likely to get fleas around the summer season when humidity is high. 

These bugs are not only a menace to your feline but also to your home. They can quickly infest the rugs, furniture, and other parts of your home. If this infestation increases, it can take months to get rid of it. Therefore, it's essential to know what to look out for. 

Luckily, we’ve curated a few tips that can help you combat this problem. 

How To Know If Your Cat Has Caught Fleas

We just gave you a few signs to look for when your cats have fleas. On the off chance that your cat displays any of these signs, these bugs may be present — and, in all probability, not only in your cat’s fur but in your home too.

Here are the signs to look for: 

·       Scratching around the head 

·       Over the top grooming and excessive hairballs 

·       Little fleas tunneled into or bounced off the pet 

·       Pepper-like spots on the feline's fur 

·       Flea eggs (minuscule white grains) 

·       Scabs on the neck, on the back, and the end of the tail

·       Bald spots

·       An irritable mood 

·       Pale lips and gums 

·       Tapeworms

You can do a flea check to really investigate what is going on in that thick fur. You should look for any unusual movement in the fur. If there’s an infestation, you’re more likely to see some bugs jumping around. 

Take a thin-toothed comb and run it through the fur a few times a day. This way, you can spot the fleas and the eggs. It can also soothe your cat and stop the constant itching.

Tip: Make sure you dip the thin-toothed comb in hot water and detergent so that the comb can be sterile to prevent further damage.

Taking Steps To Protect Your Cat

The pest life cycle comprises four phases: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. Unfortunately, cats have thick furry coats and a warmblood supply, making them the perfect home for fleas to live in. The good thing, though, is that you can get rid of these fleas by using the proper technique. 

Back in the day, you would have to use sprays and shampoos that weren’t as powerful as the ones we have today. So, it would take months to get rid of fleas. 

Now, however, we have proper tools to combat this infestation. Here are a few examples:

·       Fluralaner (Bravecto): is the most popular option to combat fleas. Its effects last for up to 12 weeks after one use. Adult fleas lay eggs not long after jumping onto your cat. The eggs then incubate into larvae and penetrate your rugs, flooring, furnishings, and so on. Larvae turn into pupae before coming out of their cocoons. This entire cycle takes some time. With an item like Bravecto, you can bring this infestation to an abrupt halt and break their lifecycle before they make your cat's life miserable. This tool claims to kill 100% of bugs in 8 hours. 

·       Imidacloprid (Advantage)

·       Selamectin (Stronghold/Revolution)

·       Fipronil (Frontline Plus)

 

A collar with Flumethrin and Imidacloprid (Seresto) can also work well to get rid of these pests.

You can also add medicine to your cat’s food. Spinosad is a chewable tablet that can stop fleas before they lay many eggs, and it also provides protection for the rest of the month. 

Nitenpyram can kill fleas in 30 minutes. However, it doesn’t have any long-term effects.

It is important to know that Bravetco is not to be given to cats under the age of 6 months because it doesn’t affect them much.

How To De-Flea Your Home

A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. These eggs can move directly off your cat and onto your floor, furniture, or worse – bedding. If you allow them the opportunity to incubate, you'll have a full infestation on your hands.

On the off chance that there are still bugs in the formative life stage in your home, an intensive cleaning of delicate goods, carpeting, and even baseboards are necessary. These bugs can be a major issue if you don't clean the surroundings for your pet.

In a plastic or garbage bag, accumulate all the sheets and bedding your infested cat may have interacted with and wash them in steaming hot water. Then, vacuum every space your cat regularly visited to suck up flea eggs. Cautiously discard the trash that you gathered so that the eggs do not return. Vacuum every day until you are sure no insects remain.

What To Do If You’ve Got Stubborn Fleas

Fleas that stick around even after this treatment need proper measures to get rid of. So, what do you do?

You need to take all pets and people out of your house. Afterward, cover the floor and different surfaces with a bug spray. Sprays that work the best have the fixing of Methoprene or Pyriproxyfen. If you're stressed about using chemicals in your house, you can use an organic citrus spray instead. Keep pets and people away from the house until all surfaces have dried. 

Ensure every one of your pets gets a flea treatment. Any untreated pet can be an insect repository, meaning you'll never get rid of this raging infestation. Until every one of your pets is treated, fleas will win the fight. 

In extreme situations, you can call an exterminator. 

Conclusion

The most important thing to do when your cat gets fleas is to stay calm. Even in large quantities, these bugs are tiny and quite easy to kill. After a few weeks of proper cleaning, they should probably stop hurting your cat -- and you. It takes around 3 months at most to completely remove the infestation. 

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