Prevention is better than cure when it comes to flea control for your cat. Find out why you need to take year-round preventative measures against fleas to ensure your pet and family are safe and itch-free.
What are fleas and how do they infest my home?
Fleas are small, parasitic insects that can jump 150 times their own height to infest your pet’s coat and skin. They spread rapidly by hatching eggs that can fall from your pet onto bedding, carpet, clothes and more, meaning that it’s easy for a flea infestation to occur when there were only a few fleas to begin with.
If you don’t regularly provide your cat with a flea treatment, they’re at higher risk for the health problems that come with fleas. Make sure to use our quick and easy Flea, Tick and Worm Treatment Finder to understand the best parasite treatments for your cat and to avoid having a nasty flea infestation on your hands.
When is peak flea season? Why does my cat need flea prevention all year round?
It’s true that flea problems on cats are more common in warmer weather, but they don’t go away when winter rolls around. These parasites are surprisingly resilient and can lay dormant in your cat’s environment for 6 months or more, ready to hatch when the weather heats up. Come springtime they begin to hatch, so you could consider spring/summer as the peak flea seasons. Keeping up to date with your cat’s flea prevention will help avoid an infestation during the peak seasons.
What is the best flea treatment for cats?
There are a number of products available at Petbarn to help control fleas on cats and reduce the risk of a flea infestation. Over-the-counter prevention can be administered as a tablet, spot-on or spray. These products have unique benefits with some products covering a combination of fleas, ticks and worms, and others only fleas. There are also brands that cover mites, lice and worms. Your friendly local Petbarn team member can help you select the right product, or you can use the Flea, Tick and Worm Treatment Finder for a recommendation.
Some popular brands include:
- Bravecto provides the longest-lasting spot-on for flea and paralysis tick treatment, lasting up to 3 months. For more protection, choose Bravecto Plus, where one product will protect your cat from fleas, paralysis ticks, heartworm, and treat intestinal worms and ear mites.
- Revolution is safe to use on kittens from 6 weeks of age and will protect your cat against fleas, lice and mites, while also preventing heartworm.
- Advocate is another popular choice to protect against fleas, heartworm, lungworm and intestinal worms as a monthly spot on treatment which can be used on kittens from nine weeks old.
- Frontline and Advantage are popular choices for spot-on flea control.
- Comfortis can be given orally as tablets.
- Seresto is a collar providing up to eight months of protection against fleas, and can be used on kittens from 10 weeks old.
What are signs that my cat has a flea infestation?
A sign of flea infestation is “flea dirt” on your pet’s skin and coat – flea faeces that resemble dirt or pepper. If you notice itching, use a flea comb to search your pet’s coat.
If your cat contracts fleas, they’ll commonly experience skin irritation and itching. Some sufferers can experience flea allergy dermatitis, which involves itching, hair loss, skin reddening, scabs and possible secondary infection. Severe flea infestation can also cause anaemia.
If not controlled, fleas can infest your entire home leading to an itchy problem for you and your entire family.
How do I control a flea infestation in my home?
Even the most conscientious pet owner may have to deal with a flea problem from time to time. If your home has been overcome by a flea infestation, you need to act fast to reduce the spreading of fleas. To combat the infestation, you will not only need to treat your cat but also your environment, including the carpet, bedding, and the garden.
Many spot-on flea treatments administered to your cat’s coat will kill the fleas biting your pet quickly. However to overcome the flea infestation, you’ll need to destroy the flea cycle, including eggs and larvae. This can be done by carefully washing your pet with a flea shampoo for cats and thoroughly vacuuming your home. As most cats do not like being washed, an oral tablet or spot-on is an effective first step.
Best way to control fleas on cats
By maintaining a year-round program and always being diligent in searching for signs of fleas, you’ll have a much better chance of eliminating them before you have a flea infestation on your hands. Use our Flea, Tick and Worm Treatment Finder for cats to understand the best parasite prevention for your cat based on their age, size and lifestyle.