How to keep your cat flea free
March 14, 2017
Five steps to avoiding cat fleas
Spring is coming, bringing all sorts of new life in Christchurch – but not all of it is welcome.
Unfortunately, one lifecycle to emerge is that of the flea… but, luckily for cats and owners, Best Friends has come up with a list of tips to help you protect against the little biters.
Meanwhile, here are five top tips to staying flea free…
- Kill existing fleas
There are many flea-fighting products, so it’s important to understand what’s available and suitable for cats.
- spot-on treatments – These kill fleas and can stop eggs from hatching.
- Sprays – Some are effective, others less so. We only stock the best, so speak to us to find out which one would suit your pet’s lifestyle.
- Shampoos – These are not the most effective approach – the impact only lasts a day or two.
- Control the problem
How do you maintain a flea-less cat?
- Tablets – Quick and convenient control. To find out if one of these products may suit your pet, give us a call.
- Injections – We can give your cat an injection every six months to help stop the flea life cycle.
- De-flea your home
Up to 95% of the flea population at any time is in the home, not on your pet. Sprayscan be used on carpets and soft furnishings, killing the adult fleas, larvae and developing eggs.
- Stop the neighbours
Other cat owners may not be so vigilant at controlling fleas, so a friendly cat entering your cat flap may spread fleas without you knowing. Microchip-activated cat flaps will only allow your own cat into your home.
- Be observant and responsible
- If your cat is scratching a lot, has hair loss, a skin problem or is losing weight, it’s wise to come for a check-up with Stefan and the team.
- Fleas can affect animals all year round.
- Be careful with dosage – kittens need smaller amounts; and never use extra just because you’ve seen more fleas, as it could be harmful.