How To Get Rid of Fleas On Cats
Fleas are one of the worst hazards of owning a cat. Their bite is not only irritating but can cause serious illness to you as well as your animal friend. Fortunately, there are many ways on how to get rid of fleas on cats quickly and without health risks.
One of the most prevalent myths about fleas is that your cat can only get them if he goes outside. Indoor cats are not immune! Fleas are everywhere. One flea could hitch a ride on your clothing and hop over to your cat when you step inside. Your cat can also encounter fleas from other animals in the waiting room at the vet’s office.
Cats with fleas usually scratch and bite themselves, but there are other signs. Keep an eye on the litter box. Fleas carry tapeworm larvae along with many other diseases. If the cat has worms, immediately take him to the vet. Along with de-worming, the vet will probably recommend Frontline.
Frontline contains fipronil and S-Methoprene, powerful ingredients that kill fleas and ticks and their eggs. A tiny drop on the back of your cat’s neck lasts for a month. In twelve hours every flea on your cat will be dead. Frontline can cost over $70 for a box of six applicators, but vets often offer special deals for much less. If you so much as suspect fleas, your first step should be to apply Frontline to every cat in your home. After 24 hours, the cats should be bathed to remove flea dirt.
The next step in getting rid of fleas on cats is to remove all the flea eggs from the carpet and beds. Towels or cat beds your cat sleeps on should be washed in the hottest possible cycle along with your own bedding. Vacuum every room in the house thoroughly. Then take out the bag and seal it in a plastic bag before disposing. Get a carpet steam cleaner or at the very least a carpet shampooer. If your cat can tolerate a citrus smell, use a citrus-based solution and add some boric acid to it. Otherwise, put boric acid in your usual carpet shampoo solution.
Get food grade diatomaceous earth powder from your local natural food store. This is a desiccant made of the shells of tiny sea creatures. Sprinkle this liberally on the carpet after you have shampooed or steam cleaned it. Leave it for about 48 hours and vacuum it up. Again dispose of the vacuum bag sealed in a plastic bag. Take another tablespoon or so of earth powder and comb it right into the cat’s fur. Food grade earth powder gets rid of fleas on cats safely. Mix tiny amounts into cat food to kill worms.
Because flea cocoons can wait for a year before hatching, you will have to do these steps again and again once your home has been infested. To break the fleas’ life cycle, you must destroy the larvae in their cocoons along with the eggs. To protect your home year round, you can use Bugspray.com’s “Flea Granules”. A safe boric acid type powder, it bonds to your carpet and can’t be vacuumed away. It can also be put in your cat’s bedding. The first time you put it down, wait two weeks to let it sink in before vacuuming. Re-apply it if you steam clean your carpet. Bugspray.com has much more detailed information on how to get rid of fleas on cats and in your home.