How To Get Rid Of Fleas On Cats
Although microscopic in size, fleas can become a HUGE problem for both your cat and your home. In this VideoJug presentation, learn about the life cycles of fleas and how to safely eradicate them.
Hi, my name is Karen. I'm one of the vets at Cat's Protection, the UK's leading cat welfare charity, and I'm going to talk to you today about some aspects of cat care. Hi, I'm going to talk to you today about how to get rid of fleas on cats.
Fleas are the most common skin parasites of cats, and they can cause all sorts of problems for your cats: skin diseases, allergies, and all sorts of issues in the home as well. Fleas can survive year round. People often think that they just survive during the summer months.
This is when they are most active, their life cycle goes around the quickest but with central heating in people's homes, the life cycle can continue year round, so it's very important to treat your cat year round also. The ways to know if your cat's got fleas - you may see adult fleas in your cat's coat, but they do move quite fast and they can be quite hard to find. There's something else to look for called 'flea dirt' which is actually flea feces or flea poo.
It's digested blood from your cat, it looks just like little specks of pepper, but if you use a fine tooth comb and attach some of these little black specks onto a tissue and rub it with some water, you'll see that it comes up as a rusty or red color, and this will tell you that there have been fleas around. When it comes to trying to get rid of fleas on your cat, it's really important to notice a little something about their life cycle. Adult fleas are just the tip of the iceberg; they're only around about 5% of the population.
These adult fleas, once they have had a meal from your cat, they lay eggs at around about 50 eggs per day per flea. So you can imagine that the population of fleas goes exponential during the summer months. These eggs will fall off your cat into the environment, into your home, living in your soft furnishings and carpet, all the cracks in your floor.
And they can hatch into little things called larvae, which then feed off of the flea dirt which falls off as well. They, in turn, turn into the little things called pupae, and these pupae can be really difficult to kill. They can last up to two years in your environment, and they are what causes the main problem.
So, from listening to all of this, you can understand that treating cats and the environment is actually just as important as treating the fleas that are on your cat. So, because of this, it can be really important to use an environmental spray, and it's good to use one that comes from your vet, that is reputable and you know is going to work and is not going to be toxic. Follow the instructions carefully.
When it comes to treating your actual cat, there are a few things to remember here as well. Not all flea treatments are created equal, and it is important to take your vet's advice for which one is appropriate for your cat. There are many products that go on the back of the neck, they all go onto the skin just at the back of the head - part the fur until you can see the skin and put the whole vial in one space.
All those different products that are little back of the neck products, they are all actually quite different to each other. And again, it's important to take your vet's advice as to which one is most appropriate and be very careful that you use one that is for cats only. There are some dog products on the market that can be very toxic to cats, and every year, many cats lose their lives to permithrin poisoning.
It's a very serious and by far, the most common, poisoning of cats. So it's very important not to use dog products on your cat or let cats come into contact with dogs that have had them on. Products that come from your veterinary practice have been licensed and gone through stringent testing.
This means that we know they are going to work and that they're going to be safe. Other products from other sources may not be so safe, so it's important to be careful where you get your products from. If you want any more information on th