Fleas are the nasty parasites which endangers pets the most. Since there has been a lot of improvement in veterinary section of science and a lot of products and solution have been designed for the pet’s allergies from fleas. Flea treatments are now widely available in the market and in wide variety too. Normally we would have thought that pets medication will be just like humans, tablets and syrups etc. but, it is beyond that.
Having researched on all the varieties of treatment available for flea treatment, broad classification of these remedies includes the following:
Flea collars are a conventional method of repelling fleas from the cat’s body. It is a chemical-built collar. The chemical disperses in the entire cat’s body as soon as it comes in contact with the skin. This effective method of eliminating and preventing flea infestations is a long lasting and water-proof method. They are very easy to use and have very few side effects. An example of a flea collar is Seresto Flea Collar For Cat widely used by cat-owners.
Another convenient option for the cat owners are sprays which can be applied directly on the pet. You have to be very careful about spraying near eye and ear region. Read the instructions carefully before applying the spray. For the head and eye area, spray on a gloved hand or washcloth and rub gently into your cat’s hair, being careful not to get any of the product in your cat’s eyes. The best spray to remove fleas from your feline’s fur is Frontline Spray.
Oral treatment is also a form of medication which has to be provided in most of the cases, once a month only. Oral medications are now available in wide variety like tablets, chews and oral injections. Capstar etc.
There are a wide range of shampoos available in the market for flea prevention. They help in washing off adult fleas and their eggs for a certain period of time. The common ingredients present in these shampoos are pyrethrins, which kills all the adult fleas on contact. When using a shampoo, allow it to stay in contact with the skin and coat for at least 10-15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Avoid getting this product in your pet’s eyes or mouth.
Flea combs are very fine-toothed comb used to extract flea and their eggs from a cat’s fur. The first thing you should do when you fleas on your cat is to bathe your cat. Then thoroughly look into the fur of the cat to find fleas if any. Comb the entire body, including the facial region and the tail. Each time you stroke the comb through the animal’s fur, dip it in a bowl of hot, soapy water which will kill the fleas.
To fully eliminate the fleas with their eggs and larvae and the entire life cycle cannot be done by flea combs or sprays. For that a strong treatment like topical or better known as spot-on treatments are preferred. They are completely harmless to the pets. If there are any side effects they won’t be adverse and you can consult your vet regarding any treatment at any time. The chemical present in the spot-on is absorbed by the fur and skin and enters the fleas when they bite. Advantage, Advocate, Frontline Plus, Revolution Plus Cat are a few best topical products for cats.
These treatments ensure full safety for your kitty. Although being medicines, they are so delicious and relished by the cats that you should have no fear of administering them as a treatment but provide them as a treat.