Mar 4, 2013 - Indoor cats can become infested with fleas quite easily
Some of the common symptoms which exhibit that your cat is being molested with fleas are scratching, terrible itching, hair loss mostly down the back, behind the ears, tail, and back leg, flaky, scaly, and red scalp, restlessness, repeatedly licking the skin, lethargy, muscle loss, pepper like specks on cat’s fur, red spots on the bedding of cat, pinhead sized black or brown insects crawling on cat’s fur, agitation and edginess, inflammation due to biting and scratching, and pale gums.
For light infestations, a simple lukewarm bath will often take care of the fleas that are on the body (yes, even for cats). The water and soap are enough to get rid of the fleas, and if used along with a flea comb, the situation can be brought under control with little fuss. This must be followed up by a thorough house cleaning and another method of repelling the fleas (see above solutions); otherwise the fleas that are hiding in the floor and furniture will jump back onto your cat.
These pills are not insecticides and do not kill fleas. Instead they disrupt the flea life cycle. Insect growth regulators prevents the flea from properly completing its lifecycle and causes the flea to eventually die. They are flavoured and some cats will take them with no argument at all. Others need the usual subterfuge to administer the medicine.If you can convince your cat, bathing can be effective. It is often possible to drown fleas if in the bath long enough. The flea will tend to run up to the head which is out of the water. They can be picked off with a flea comb. A mild shampoo helps but beware of strong anti flea shampoos. They can be quite toxic. If you make a ring of suds around the cat's neck, it will help stop fleas from fleeing up the drier head.If you keep an eye on your cat it is unlikely that it will have so many fleas that it becomes anemic from blood loss. Kittens are more likely to suffer from anemia than mature cats. So check your cat regularly. A lethargic listless cat with pale nose and gums could be anemic.Bathing your cat with ordinary cat shampoo (not medicated) can be an effective way of controlling fleas particularly if the bath lasts for a few minutes and is long enough to drown the fleas. It helps to have a helper looking out for fleas which will crawl to the cat's head. If your cat has short hair it might be possible to use a flea comb. I've not found them to be much good but maybe to get fleas off a cat's head they would work.Here is one more reason to take action now: If my cat has fleas he is more likely to develop a behavior issue such as spraying or aggression. It's simply his way of trying to get my attention. When we dealt with this the first time, our two sweet cats became quite grumpy. They showed it in their behavior, occasionally hissing or swatting at one another.There are a few guidelines you need to know. Certain methods should not be done to close together, such as bathing and applying topical treatment. Other steps should be taken as soon as possible.If you are ready to get down to business right now, read our guide:
Getting rid of fleas on kittens or cats is a little bit different from getting rid of fleas on dogs. For example, dogs go outside, but many cats are indoor pets only. This changes what formula of topical flea treatment you want to buy (if you are going to use topical flea treatment as a course of action).
Getting Rid Of Fleas On Cats With Cat Flea Treatment: Usually, the term "cat flea treatment" refers to a topical treatment, such as Frontline or Advantage.Frontline cat flea control: is a popular brand, and one that many find success with. We used it for years with our cats. If you let your cats go outside, this is probably going to be your choice. Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control will kill ticks, too. This is very important, because ticks carry Lyme disease. Ticks are so small, they are nearly impossible to detect. I would never trust myself to manually inspect my cat and actually find a tick. They are so tiny! So you'll want to go with the Frontline Flea and Tick formula.But, if you keep your cat indoors as we do, this opens up your options. We use Advantage flea treatment for cats. The application process is the same. It is quicker-acting, killing fleas within 12 hours.Also, if your cat is large (we have Maine Coons) you can - "regular" sized cats (5-9 pounds) or Advantage for larger cats (over 9 pounds). With one very large boy, we need this kind of flexibility.Advantage flea treatment for cats has a pleasant odor, too.