Flea and Tick Products for Dogs and Cats - PetSmart

When it comes to purchasing a flea product for your dog or cat, remember the following:
Although there are several flea control products that can be safely used on pets, pet owners should read and follow package instructions, as cats in general are sensitive to many insecticides. Pet owners should also refrain from using any dog flea products on cats as they're very toxic to felines. It's also best to avoid using flea products that contain organophosphates as cats are more sensitive to organophosphate insecticides than other pets.
My cat might have fleas. What over the counter product can I get that’s safe?
The main difference between dog and cat flea prevention medications and shampoos is the main ingredient. Permethrin is a common insecticide that is found in dog flea prevention products. It can easily be confused with pyrethrin which is in most flea prevention products for cats. Permethrin is a stronger form of pyrethrin and can be toxic to cats because of its high levels. Flea products that contain permethrin are labeled “for dogs only” and should never be used on a cat. If you have a cat and a dog, it is important that direct contact between the two be limited after the dog is treated. My cat might have fleas. What over the counter product can I get that’s safe?When it comes to purchasing a flea product for your dog or cat, remember the following:Yes, you can purchase over-the-counter flea and tick products for dogs and cats, but I strongly suggest checking with your veterinarian first.
Fleas aren't just a nuisance for your cat; they can lead to health issues. Using good, quality flea control products means that you are looking out for your furry friend. Flea control products don't come one-size-fits-all, and they should be labeled as safe for cats. Never use dog flea control on a cat. Different types of flea control products for cats include topical solutions, collars, sprays, tablets, and oral solutions.Products that affect flea offspring are called insect growth regulators (IGRs). IGRs are very effective when you can clean up the environment and the kitten will have little exposure to fleas in the future, either from the environment or from other animals-such as our indoor cats.Flea sprays should be applied directly onto your cat. Some sprays can be effective for longer than 30 days. Read the label to make sure you are applying the spray correctly. 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 or mouth.The main difference between dog and cat flea prevention medications and shampoos is the main ingredient. Permethrin is a common insecticide that is found in dog flea prevention products. It can easily be confused with pyrethrin which is in most flea prevention products for cats. Permethrin is a stronger form of pyrethrin and can be toxic to cats because of its high levels. Flea products that contain permethrin are labeled "for dogs only" and should never be used on a cat. If you have a cat and a dog, it is important that direct contact between the two be limited after the dog is treated.There are many differences between dog and cat flea products. It is important to be aware of these differences before making a purchase for your pet. Being uninformed about what you use on your animal can result in purchasing the wrong product and even causing harm to your pet. Below are the most common differences between dog and cat flea products.The dosage in flea prevention products is based on weight. Purchase a product that is suitable for your pet's current weight. If you are unsure of your pet's weight, have them weighed at the veterinarian or groomer. If your pet is small enough, you can get an approximate weight on a home scale by first weighing yourself, then weighing yourself holding your pet and deducting to find the difference. Weight is another reason why it is unsafe to use a dog flea product on a cat. Most cats will weigh significantly less than a dog. Combined with their sensitive metabolism, using the wrong product can make your cat extremely ill.