Are Cat Fleas and Dog Fleas The Same? - Flea Differences - Orkin
Hi, and thank you for your article. It was very informative. I recently adopted a Himalayan cat that had a bit of flea infestation. I treated him with advantage before I brought him home to my other cat. Anyhow fast forward a month and he is scratching quite a bit less. But still some. Being he’s long haired I can’t actually see any fleas.. My other cat still has none. I treat my poor guy again thinking this will do the trick, and he seems to be biting as much as when we first brought him home! I’m doubting he has miraculously re infested. If the advantage is causing him a reaction, is there a spot treatment that is known to be more gentle than advantage? I thank you in advance for any info you may give. My poor boy needs some peace.
Sometimes cats will catch fleas or a parasite, but it’s not as bad as it sounds, we promise! With the right care and preventive measures, cats can be easily treated and continue to stay healthy.
There are several spots that are good to check for fleas. Any area such as around the tail, where your cat can't scratch should be checked. In particular the lower back and base of the tail. You have to move fast because the flea moves very quickly in the hair. If you don't know what a flea looks like check out the . You might only see something moving through the cat fur very quickly. Another good spot is between the legs and in the cat's armpits or where his armpits would be if a cat had them. The whole belly area should be checked. Fleas can be reddy brown to black.Sometimes if the cat has been away for a while and comes back to the home after holidays for example, then you might see fleas jumping on you or the cat after a day or so. Fleas emerge from their cocoon very quickly when they feel there is a cat around. The pupa waits till it can sense a cat and if you were away it might have waited.If your cat doesn't mind taking a bath, then give puss a bath and check the head because fleas will usually find their way to the top of the head where things are drier. None of my cats like baths so that's not a good option.Treating the cat will get rid of the fleas and treating the bedding will get rid of the eggs larvae and some pupae. (Pupae are tough little guys and are difficult to kill.)When I first got a cat, I thought it was pretty normal that she used to constantly scratch the back of her ears. This was until my butt started to itch every time I used to sit on the chair. Soon I started seeing bites on my hand and realized that they were coming from the fleas on my cat.Spot on Flea treatments is an effective way of controlling fleas on cats. A drop of insecticide is placed between the cat's shoulderblades. Gradually the flea treatment migrates over most of the cat's body because of oils on the skin of the cat and the active grooming a cat does.Below is the exact method I used to permanently get rid of fleas on both my cat and in my home in less than 2 hours. Hopefully these flea treatment for cats will help you too!A cat that has fleas is not a comfortable cat and will scratch and bite his fur energetically. If you see your cat doing this then suspect fleas even if you don't find any signs. Itchy skin can be a sign of allergy but biting the sides is usually a cat after fleas. An energetic healthy cat can reduce his flea load by 50% by active grooming. Kittens and older cats are not so successful.