Fleas can be a real plague in a household. The most obvious problem is that they are extremely disturbing for your animals, especially your cat, but if they are not treated, they can quickly spread in your home on all kinds of textile surfaces: carpets, blankets, sofas …
Fortunately, there are several methods to get rid of these pests, but you also need to know how to recognize when your cat has them, so that you can act as quickly as possible, which will prevent them from spreading in your home.
Know how to detect the presence of fleas on your cat
The first instinct is of course to regularly check the skin and hair of your pets, especially if they go outside regularly. The sooner the invasion is flushed out, the easier it will be to deal with.
Check especially the base of the tail, the head, the neck, the belly and the inside of the thighs of your animals, these are the places where the fleas generally roam. Even if you can’t see them directly, watch out for their droppings or their nits (flea eggs), they can be easily recognized, they are small, fairly rigid and black particles. If you see several in one place, especially in the areas mentioned above, your cat is most likely infested with fleas.
If you haven’t remembered to check your cat’s hair and skin, the invasion will be visible through its behavior. If he scratches or licks himself very often and in a frenetic manner, especially at the base of his cock, on his stomach or on the inside of his thighs, it is probably that he is infested, think about checking it here. moment.
Finally, if you notice that he has scabs or open sores that can mean two things: either he has scratched himself until blood because of a skin problem (which can be the consequence of various problems, in particular allergies) or because it is infested with fleas.
Flea invasion: before the invasion, prevention
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. In the case of a flea invasion, this has never been truer. There are several methods that have repellent effects, meaning that fleas will not be attracted to your cat.
The preventive pipette
There are two types of pipettes for animals: the so-called active pipettes, which are used to treat an animal when it is already invaded by parasites, and the so-called preventive pipettes, those that interest us here. These pipettes can be found without a prescription at any pet store or at your veterinarian.
You will need to pour the entire pipette between your cat’s shoulder blades (to prevent it from licking the product) and repeat the process every month to keep it effective. This product will give off a slight odor emanating from your cat (which is not detectable by humans) which will prevent fleas from being attracted. It is not 100% reliable but it works in most cases.
The preventive flea collar for cats
This is a collar to put around your cat’s neck, which will act like the pipette. It will emit an off-putting odor to pests. Here again, it is not 100% effective, the collar is even a little less effective than the pipette, but it can prevent certain invasions.
However, if you choose this option, remember to take a collar with a security, that is to say that if your cat during one of his walks gets something stuck between the collar and his neck, the collar will come off and therefore will not strangle your cat. Better to lose a collar than your cat ends up strangled.
Finally, the collar will have to be changed regularly, the product on it will run out over time. The frequency of renewal changes depending on the model.
Treating a flea invasion on your cat
There are a multitude of ways to treat a flea invasion in a cat. It’s up to you to choose the one you like the most.
The anti-flea comb
It is a simple comb but with teeth very close to each other, which allows to catch a maximum of nits, droppings and fleas when you pass it on your cat. You can find it in most pet stores, but be aware that a human lice comb can do the trick as well.
The comb is however mainly used to finish another treatment, in order to remove the last survivors. It is rarely effective when used on its own, but is a must have for getting the job done.
The anti-flea pipette
Certainly the most well-known method for treating cats, the so-called active pipette should be, like the preventive pipette, fully poured between your cat’s shoulder blades. This will introduce a tiny amount of poison into his blood (which fleas feed on), which will kill them.
Be careful, however, not to use the active pipettes too often, let’s not forget that this remains a poison, and too much in too little time risks poisoning the blood. The use of one active pipette per month is a maximum.
To finish off a pipette treatment, don’t forget to use a flea comb.
It is also interesting to change the brand of pipettes regularly. Your cat’s antibodies will get used to the poison in the pipettes after three or four uses, and make it ineffective. It will therefore be necessary to make “bearings” between the brands.
Anti-flea dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is used like a shampoo, with the difference that it is not necessary to wet your cat’s hair beforehand, which can be useful given the aversion that cats have for it. ‘water.
These dry shampoos, available in all pet stores, come in the form of a spray. It will simply be a question of spraying your cat with it, and of rubbing so that there is product everywhere (except on the face). Once the product has dried, you will go through a flea comb to eliminate the rare survivors, who are already very weak.
To be used in the most extreme cases, the anti-flea shampoo is to be used like a classic shampoo, by wetting the hair. Of course your cat did not like it, so do the treatment preferably in pairs, with a person to hold it. Once your cat is wet, rub it all over with the product, let it act for about 5 minutes, then rinse and dry your cat.
Finally, finish the job with the flea comb.
Treat your environment during a flea invasion
The flea invasion in your home is certainly the most painful to deal with, much more than the treatment of your cat himself.
It is simply a diffuser, to be sprayed on all the textile surfaces of your home.
However, avoid using it near other animals or children, and yourself cover your airways and open windows when dispensing the product, as it emits toxic fumes.
Flea smoke is the most drastic method to get rid of a flea invasion in your home. However, it should only be used in case you really cannot get rid of the pests, even if you try other methods.
You will have to put the smoke in the middle of your accommodation, with all doors open, having previously evacuated all living beings from the house, including animals (even fish if there are any), and put all the food in a airtight place (a fridge for example).
Once these precautions are taken, activate the smoke and leave the house for 3 to 4 hours, the smoke will release a very toxic gas throughout your home. On your return, cover your nose and mouth, open all the windows wide, and wash all the textiles that have been impregnated by the smoke, to get rid of the product. Do not bring animals and children into your home until the product has been properly evacuated and the apartment is well ventilated.
Finally, be aware that depending on the area of your home, you may need several smoke, inquire beforehand.
You now know how to get rid of a flea invasion, both on your cat and in your home. The most important thing to remember is that it’s best to check your cat’s skin and hair regularly, and focus on prevention.