Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cat Flea Control

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Fleas. They get into your carpet, your bedding, your pet and sometimes, even you. If you've ever watched a pet go frantic with scratching or woken up yourself with little red bites that itch insanely, then you need to read this article. Flea control is an essential part of owning a cat. Some cats are allergic to fleas and can develop a condition called “pruritus”, where the scratching escalates to the point of making the skin bleed. To avoid this or any discomfort at all for you and your cat, you need to understand how those little blighters work.

You might be interested to know that, most of the time, the fleas are in fact not on your cat. They are hiding out in their egg and cocoon stages, in which flea control is almost impossible. At this time they are usually living in carpet or bedding. They emerge to feed on your cat for the adult stage of their life cycle, which may only be a few days long. This is why you have to treat both your pet and the environment in order to successfully control fleas.

Flea control is especially important if your cat develops allergic dermatitis, where a fleabite can cause the cat to actually lose its fur due to chewing and scratching. A cat with allergic dermatitis may need additional medication to the usual flea control treatment in order to control the reaction to the bites it already has.

Even if your cat is not allergic to fleas, flea control is essential as, untreated, it can lead to health problems. Health issues can include skin infections, tapeworms and anemia. Skin infections most often arise from an infected bite, tapeworms need the flea to complete their life cycle and anemia is caused when the sheer number of fleas sucking blood from your kitty depletes the blood supply to a detrimental level.

So then, flea control is very important. The question now is how to go about it. There are multiple methods open to a cat owner. Powders and dips can be effective, but their inconvenience often means that they are not used properly or often enough to adequately control fleas.

Flea collars can be very effective at maintaining flea control and are quite useful used in conjunction with powders, dips or sprays. The most effective means of flea control are spot on liquids that are applied to the back of the cat's neck and rid the animal of not only fleas, but, quite often, ticks and tapeworms as well in one easy treatment that takes only seconds.

When it comes to the environment, there are also several options for flea control. Flea bombs can kill fleas in carpets and bedding, though careful washing and vacuuming will help greatly in this endeavor also. For outside use, yard sprays can be quite effective.

Whatever you use for flea control, be sure to be consistent and follow the directions. Flea control products only work if they are applied often enough. Misapplication can lead to fleas slipping through the cracks, and neither you nor kitty wants that.
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