Flea Prevention 101 – Tips And Tricks For Keeping Your Cat Flea-Free

March 7, 2023 9:46 pm Published by

Flea Prevention 101 – Tips And Tricks For Keeping Your Cat Flea-Free

Fleas are tiny insects that thrive in warm, damp climates. They pose serious health risks to pets and people by spreading flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworm, and certain bacterial diseases such as bartonellosis (cat scratch fever).

Keep Your Pet Indoors

Fleas are pests that are not only itchy and irritating, but they can also cause serious health problems for your pet. Luckily, there are a number of preventive tactics you can take to keep your cat flea-free, both indoors and outdoors. First and foremost, make sure to keep your pet indoors as much as possible. This will help decrease their chances of catching fleas, especially if they spend time in the yard or outdoors with other animals. Next, comb your pet’s fur for any small black specks that look like flea dirt. These will appear in your kitty’s stomach, around the base of her tail, and in her bed, too. Finally, vacuum your home every day to remove any fleas or eggs that may have hid in your furniture, carpets, or dark crevices. Vacuuming will help kill these pests before they hatch and become a nuisance for your cat.

Wash Your Pet’s Bedding

One of the best things you can do to keep fleas from taking hold of your home is to wash all of your pet’s bedding regularly. It’s important to do this because fleas breed rapidly, and if you allow them to linger in your pet’s bed, they can quickly become an infestation. Fleas will lay eggs and grow into blood-sucking adult fleas that live on the skin of your pet. The flea’s life cycle is quite short, and they will only survive a few weeks in the wild or a month or two in your home. If you see signs of fleas on your pet, take them outside to the nearest grassy area or woody area with sand or shade. These areas are typically good breeding grounds for fleas.

Vacuum Your Home

Using a vacuum cleaner is the best way to get rid of adult fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae on your carpets, rugs, and furniture. Seal the vacuum bags and discard them outside after each session to help prevent new fleas from entering your home. Additionally, to kill fleas in all stages of their life cycle, use a spray that contains an insect growth regulator. This product can be applied to carpets, throw rugs, under and behind beds and furniture, and beneath sofa cushions where your pets sleep.

Monitor Your Pet

A year-round prevention program is critical for preventing flea infestations. Talk to your veterinarian about the right parasite prevention for your pet’s age, need, and lifestyle. Keeping your pet on a preventive regimen year-round is also important for avoiding the risk of picking up fleas from kennels, groomers or stray dogs and cats. Preventive treatments kill any stray fleas that your pet picks up before they can lay eggs and spread the flea population.

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