How To Keep Fleas Off Your Cat

According to the Humane Society, there are over 95 million pet cats in the U.S., which is actually more than the number of pet dogs (83 million). If you are the proud owner of a cat, you should take the necessary precautions to protect your furry friend from fleas. Fleas, especially the cat flea, love to feast on the blood of cats. And being that just a single flea can bite into a host several hundred times per day, allowing a flea infestation to persist can cause severe pain and discomfort while leaving your cat susceptible to a wide range of transmittable diseases.

Why Traditional Flea Medicine Won’t Work

Fleas are finicky creatures that spend a large portion of their day licking and grooming themselves. If you attempt to use a traditional chemical-based flea preventative/treatment medicine, chances are they will like it right off. This not only negates its beneficial effects, but it also places your cat at risk for toxicity due to the chemical compounds found in the medicine. Unless you are willing to take this risk, avoid the use of chemical-based flea medicine on your cat.

Effective Flea Treatments For Cats:

  • Spray your cat with a solution of diluted vinegar (half and half works well).
  • Use a flea comb to pull out any stray fleas and flea eggs hiding in your cat’s fur.
  • Take your cat to a professional groomer or veterinarian for a flea dip.
  • Keep your home vacuumed and your yard manicured to reduce hiding spots for fleas.

FrontLine Drops

FrontLine makes a highly effective flea preventative/treatment medicine for cats which comes in convenient drops. The medicine is placed on the back of the cat’s head where they can’t reach it; thus, allowing the medicine to settle into their skin without being licked away by the cat. If you’ve exhausted all other meals of eliminating fleas from you cat, perhaps you should try the FrontLine drops.

Don’t Let Your Cat Outside!

I know it’s hard to resist when your cat is staring up at the door, but you should keep them inside if you are dealing with a flea infestation. Allowing your cat to go back and forth will only spread the fleas around, making it that much harder to control. Keep your cat confined indoors until you’ve successfully eliminated the fleas. When the blood-sucking parasites are gone, you may then allow your cat to venture into the wilderness.