Usually, in the springtime, your cat may have some unwanted guests. Fees are irritatingly active, feeding on your pet’s blood, whilst annoying you are in the process. A flea jumps onto an animal and burrows into the fur where they bite at the skin to ingest blood. These bites can cause inflammation to both your pet and humans if they get onto you too. Let’s look at how to tell if your cat has fleas and how to treat cat fleas safely and effectively.
Telltale Signs Of Fleas
There are two basic ways of knowing if your pet has fleas. They may be indicating through behaviors and you can also observe the insects for yourself. In the most severe cases, you can actually spot the insects jumping on and off of your cat’s body. Usually, you will be able to notice either when your pet scratches more frequently or is acting restless. Excessive shaking of the head, symptoms of a cat dying from fleas and scratching on low areas of the body usually indicate the worst. Some cats spend their time constantly licking at their hair. Be aware of these signs so that you can check the skin and hair to be sure.
If you’re wondering how to check a cat for fleas then you might have to look fast – these insects are very fast jumping! Turn your pet on their back and check the groin and armpit areas (their favorite places to hide). After that, you can check the ears for signs of scratching and irritation, as well as hair loss around the body. Maybe you might notice camps or black spots. By using a comb and running it through the hair of your pet, you can notice any insects on it. The special teeth on this comb can catch and pull the insects out from hiding, just make sure that you put it close enough to the skin so that you have the highest chance of finding the insect’s hideout places. As you catch any insects, have a bowl of water next to you in order to douse them while combing. Some people like to put a piece of paper on the floor while combing because insect feces can fall from the pet skin and land on the paper. If you put these black specks into some water and they turn dark red-brown color, you will know that this is digestive blood from insects, not just regular dirt.
Removing Fleas From Your Cat
Upon establishing the problem, you can now work towards a solution. Now that your cat has fleas, there are several ways that you can remove them. Here are some great things you can do:
- Rub your comb through your cat to catch any insects and dispose of them in water. You can put your comb in soapy water to ensure that they are killed.
- Give your animal a bath with special shampoo.
- Spray your pet with a specially formulated spray.
- Apply a common preventative product, year round. There are many products that can be used, from special flea collars to oral products. Whatever you buy, check to see how long it will last.
- Take a look at your pet weekly and monitor if they are picking up more creatures..
If you are vigilant and are constantly monitoring your pet, this is the best practice to tackle indoor cat fleas. You ought not to be discouraged if you keep finding them – it can sometimes take months to get rid of these creatures correctly and to disturb the insect life cycle. Even if you do catch a little creature from time to time after applying products, this is normal and doesn’t necessarily indicate that the cat fleas treatment product isn’t working. Don’t worry about how many fleas on a cat is considered an infestation, just carry out weekly checks with the comb and look for any of the signs that we’ve mentioned. It may require a little patience, but it is certainly worth it in the end to help the life of your feline friend.
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