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How Do I Choose the Best Cat Flea Treatment?

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  • Written By: Solomon Branch
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 21 October 2018
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Fleas on cats and dogs can cause all kinds of problems for both animals and owners. The best cat flea treatment will get rid of adult fleas, eggs, larvae, and pupae, and will be safe for the cat and your family. You may have to use a variety of treatments to get rid of the fleas, including flea baths, powders, sprays, tablets, or a flea collar.

Getting rid of the fleas is important, but keeping your cat safe from harm is equally important. It’s important to make sure whatever cat flea treatment you are using is formulated especially for cats. Some flea products made for other animals, especially dogs, can be fatal to cats. Read any packaging carefully and consult with the salesperson or manufacturer if you have any questions.

There are kits available that provide a complete cat flea treatment. Many offer a flea comb, flea shampoo, and powders or collars for ongoing maintenance. If you decide to purchase a kit, make sure it has everything you want and is specifically made for cats.

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At the bare minimum, you will need a comb to get rid of adult fleas and a powder or spray to treat your cat on an ongoing basis. It can take up to a month or more to completely get rid of a flea infestation on a cat, and a topical treatment, such as powder or spray, will help get rid of larvae, eggs and pupae. Flea shampoos are helpful but not necessary, and some experts suggest that a flea collar is not particularly effective, although they can provide a bit of extra protection.

In addition to treatments for the cat, you may want to purchase a flea bomb, fogger, or spray to treat your house or apartment for fleas in the carpet, furniture, and drapes. Make sure to read any labels to check for toxic ingredients and follow the instructions to avoid any complications. Many flea bombs require you leave the house for 24 hours or more.

You should consult with a veterinarian if you are unsure about a treatment or its safety. If you are having a problematic infestation, a veterinarian may offer prescription liquids, tablets, or injections that can be used as a cat flea treatment. A veterinarian can also advise you regarding what cat flea treatment they have found effective.

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