Stopping the Cat’s Meow
The whimpering meow of a cat hampered by cat fleas will quickly send a pet owner in search of flea control products. A flea doesn’t generally lay its eggs underneath the skin of humans, but it certainly doesn’t mind taking a nip out of cats. This should definitely cause any pet owner to step on the gas for the nearest pet store. Cat flea control products are designed for different uses. Some are specifically meant to be applied to the cat. Others are flea control products intended more for prevention than actual extermination of an existing flea problem. There are also products that are safe enough to be applied to the carpeting, bedding and other upholstery elements of a home that have been known to be a perfect breeding ground for pesky fleas. When selecting a flea control product, a pet owner needs to carefully choose the right product for his or her needs.
Cat Bath vs. Flea Infestation
For some cat owners, the absolute grief of giving a cat a bath can make an owner think twice about just settling with the flea problem. However, cat fleas are not the healthiest approach to caring for a cat. Water and cats generally don’t mix, but some of the following shampoos are great cat flea control products:
- Bio Spot Flea and Tick Shampoo For Cats: This product is specifically designed for maintaining a healthy coat for your kitty while killing every flea within sight. It has shown to be better at killing immediate flea issues, but not at exterminating flea eggs.
- Lambert Kay Fresh ‘N Clean Flea and Tick Shampoo for Cats and Dogs: This product is great for killing adult fleas while enhancing the furry coat of your kitty. The product doesn’t kill flea eggs so a new cat flea problem might show up three to four weeks after the first one has been taken care of.
- Sentry Natural Defense Flea and Tick Shampoo for Cats and Kittens: This product provides a sweet scent while primarily using all natural ingredients to fend off fleas. A combination of rosemary oil, peppermint, cinnamon, cedar and other natural cat flea repellents are combined with ingredients such as vitamin E and lanolin.
The insecticide element of most shampoos needs some time to take full effect, requiring the cat to remain lathered for as much as five minutes, which can be an eternity if you’re the one standing there trying to keep him or her in the tub. It is also important to note if the product is good for your cat based on their age, type of coat and living environment. An indoor cat with limited exposure to continuous flea issues would likely be treated for fleas differently than an outdoor cat.
Options When a Bath Won’t Cut It
After being scratched to shreds, some pet owners need to find another option than shampoo for their cats. There are products such as a flea deterrent collar or a dip, which is a quick rinse in a solution rather than standing there lathering up a kitty for 10 minutes. There are also sponge-on applications that can be carefully applied to affected areas of the cat. Some of the following products might do the trick for a flea-infested feline:
- Hartz Advanced Care 2-in-1 Flea and Tick Collar: This flea collar not only contains a pesticide that works for up to five months, but has a reflective material that makes a cat easier to spot at night.
- Zodiac Flea and Tick Sponge-On for Dogs and Cats: A sponge-on product can be used to spot-treat problem flea areas for cats. Unlike other sponge-on formulas, this product does not contain alcohol, which can be drying to a cat’s skin.
- Adams Plus Pyrethrin Dip for Dogs and Cats: A small amount of the solution is mixed with water and is lightly applied. This product can be sponged-on or used as a traditional dip.
The non-shampoo route typically doesn’t provide results that last as long. It may be a trade-off worth taking for cats particularly adverse to water.
What To Watch For
Some flea products are not designed for all types of cats. The directions on the product will typically state that it is not recommended for certain types of breeds. The owners of Persian cats or other long-haired varieties should be specifically careful to find the right type of product. Pregnant cats, young cats and cats with open sores should all be handled differently. In these cases, it is best to consult a veterinarian to ensure the proper flea control method is being applied.