Choosing the best way to get rid of fleas on cats can be a cause for concern amongst many owners. How often you need to get rid of fleas, which treatment to use and how best to administer are all important questions to ask. As cat flea treatments, whilst safe, still contains chemicals, so proper procedures should be followed to ensure your cat remains in good health.
Fleas breed within twelve days and females lay hundreds of eggs each week. The eggs appear after just one to two days after their first feed from your cat, so using regular flea treatment is essential to disrupting this cycle and keeping them from returning.
You’ll probably first spot the sign of fleas on your cat by seeing them in their fur. When you find them, you’ll need to eradicate them as soon as possible using a flea killer specifically for cats such as flea drops. These medications work alongside the oils in your cat’s skin, so you should avoid giving them a bath for at least two days after applying.
The ingredients of flea killer for cats include a form of insecticide designed to kill the pests and their eggs, through every life cycle. All of the ingredients in flea treatments follow clear guidelines and industry standards, and go through rigorous testing by the manufacturers to make sure the dosage is both effective and safe.
To keep your cat safe, the top priority should be to follow the instructions carefully. If you are administering flea killer on a kitten or fully grown cat, you’ll need to follow guidelines against their weight and age to do so safely. The instructions will be on the packaging and they should be adhered to closely for the correct dosage.
Adult doses of flea treatments will be too strong for young kittens, but it’s vital to treat kittens for fleas as their immune systems can’t fight against infections in the same way an adult cat can. They are susceptible to anaemia and exhaustion if they become ill at such a young age. Follow instructions carefully on treatment specifically for kittens to keep them safe, as they must be a certain age and weight before treatment begins.
It might be tempting to give your cat a higher dose if they are covered in fleas and suffering, but this isn’t a good idea. Your cat may suffer nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting as a result. By choosing a product that reassures you it is safe and effective for your cat, you’ll minimise the risk of incorrect dosage. A safer flea treatment provides a lasting preventative effect in a single dose. It also reduces any side effects that may harm them and it’s easy to get in the right habit of regular administration.
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