Most cat owners would agree that owning a cat is much easier than owning a dog, although you still have to deal with all the fleas and ticks. From time to time, your pet may get infested by this common bug. In the possibility that your pet gets infested by fleas you should at the very least know how to treat such an infestation. Fleas like to lay in wait on plants and grass and jump on to their victims as they walk on by, so if your cat likes to be outside you can potentially pick up fleas.
Fleas can cause everything from an itch to skin diseases because of the saliva when it bites your cat. Fleas can carry bubonic plague so it is important to take care of them right away. They can even kill kittens if you do not deal with the fleas right away. So it is imperative to know how to prevent this from even happening.
Examine your cat for any fleas, first thing. Any easy way to find out if your cat has fleas or not is to simply watch out for certain symptoms or signs. A sign to look out for is to check if your cat is scratching itself more than it usually does, if so it might have fleas. You can use a fine tooth comb and brush it along your cat’s fur. It is a good practice to do this all the time so you can quickly stop the fleas and prevent them from spreading and getting worse. Get some warm water so you can drown them if you find any on your comb. Instead of drowning you can go for the more gory route and just squish them, although this could take a while if they are spread all about your cat.
Cats are not the only ones affected by fleas, if they are infesting your home you can just as easily become a target for their blood thirsty needs, so it is vital to also protect your house. To keep the ticks and fleas from progressing kill them on sight, do not wait, if you find them use flea treatment to take them out. Fleas have the lifespan of two years, and can hide on for six months. Killing the flea is just the first step, you must also destroy any of their eggs they leave behind, good thing there is a wide selection of treatments just for this job. Insecticide is treatment that is usually chosen. There two forms of insecticide, and one may not work on eggs or adults and vice versa so it is a good idea to just use both.
There are steps you can take to stop fleas from infesting your cats before it even starts. One such step is flea shampoo. In order for the shampoo to work you will have to keep it on your cat for a short time, exact time will be on the bottle. Fleas like to hang out where you cat sleeps, so with hot water and soap you can soak the bedding and drown any fleas that are there. Let it sit for fifteen minutes then make sure you do a really good job rinsing. Regularly clean your house. If you believe the infestation has made it the bedroom, clean your bedding. To protect your pet 24/7 by them a flea collar. The best way to defense yourself from this is simply knowing what to do.
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