The internet runs on cats, they are cute, instantly loveable and the world is firmly divided into dog lovers and cat lovers. When you have a pet, it becomes another member of the family. Whenever it has a problem, it will naturally bring a lot of pain and distress to the family.
Cats suffer from a number of issues despite the care they receive. One of the most dangerous and irritating problems that cats can suffer is from parasites like fleas, ticks etc. These are parasites that occur due to unclean environment, their eggs can latch onto the pet’s fur when the pet is outside. The larvae end up growing and develop into fleas. These fleas can also enter the household affecting children and adults alike. It is crucial that you nip this issue in the bud since it could have catastrophic problems for the pet and the humans involved.
Fleas are organisms that are nourished by the cat’s healthy blood, and they attack cats who have good health. The symptoms are a giveaway the skin becomes red and itchy, the fur begins falling down, the cat begins to groom itself excessively and it continues to have hair loss and loses patches of fur. It is important to be aware of the various environmental factors too that could exacerbate its conditions. After you are sure that your cat has fleas, here are the few options that would ensure that your cat gets better, and the parasite is destroyed.
You can either go with oral medications, spot treatments, flea shampoos and flea collars. Some work with a combination and many are divided on which technique works best and is the simplest to use for pet owners. It is important to discuss this with a vet before you decide on a plan of action.
The oral medication, includes tablets that would be ingested by the pet. Once ingested these tablets have properties to kill fleas at all stages in the life cycle. This is cost effective and easy to implement and it’s less physically demanding on your pet. One major downside is that they come with side effects such as redness of skin, and sometimes even cause breathing difficulties. Sometimes they are also provided with injections, that kill the adult fleas. This only provides very short-term relief. The larvae are untouched and will continue to grow and worsen.
The spot treatment consists of a tube that contains the insecticide that can be used on cats and kittens alike. Using gloves, carefully apply the treatment at the base of the neck where the cat won’t be able to lick it. Now wait it out and in a short period of time you will see the difference. The itching subsides and the treatment targets fleas at a cellular level by killing them. This will work with repeated applications over a period of time. When the cat gets wet, the effectiveness of the medicine will be drastically reduced. Hence it requires frequent reapplication.
Flea shampoos are another effective mechanism against fleas as well. They are cost effective and their relaxing scents helps in calming down your pet. These shampoos contain insecticides that will kill the larvae and the adult fleas. Despite the insecticides, they are counter balanced by moisturizing elements that soothe the cat’s irritated skin. Sometimes they also contain natural herbs and oils which work very well with the invasive but effective insecticides. This is the best way to care for your cat’s skin. But the downside is that the effect here also lasts only for a short period of time, around 28- 29 days. You will have to wash your cat again to give them some relief.
Flea collars are seen as an effective and long-lasting solution while curing cats of their fleas. A popular flea collar looks a regular collar used on animals. But these collars have specific chemicals that seek to prevent the growth of fleas. These chemicals are activated once the collar touches the skin of the cat. It also shows quick results with the cat becoming less itchy and more alert. This is perfect for cats from suffering from allergies to medication since it is completely hypoallergic. You should purchase them on the basis of the size and breed of the cat and the collar you choose should have a quick safety release hatch so that it doesn’t choke your cat.
You can also use flea combs along with these techniques. This comb has minute bristles that trap the fleas and their eggs. Once you comb through the cat’s fur, they are trapped in the bristles. Keep a pot of warm soapy water handy and dunk the comb to drown the parasite.
Amongst various techniques given they either target the flea larvae ensuring that they don’t spawn more, or they just kill the adult flea. As the pet owner you need to pick the medication based on the condition of the cat, and what medicine would be best in alleviating their discomfort. There are a lot of natural medication that uses potent essential oils and herbs to rid of fleas. But there hasn’t been any success in this regard. You can also work out the least invasive ways to protect your pet and rid them of fleas. It also depends on the temperament and the physiology as well. So hence there isn’t a set method into going about this.
Like with every illness, prevention is always better than cure. The best way, in this case, is to always keep a keen eye on the things that your pet uses. Their bedding, their toys their favorite spots and clean them thoroughly with warm water. The house surroundings also must be kept spotless by vacuuming regularly and cleaning with a powerful disinfectant. You can sprinkle salt on surfaces such as rugs and carpets so that it kills the larvae that end up falling over there.
With a mixture of medications and keeping the surroundings clean you can be certain that your pet remains in perfect health and grows well. You need to aware that illness can spread and enter through any point of contact, hence it is essential to be on guard and know all the habits of your pets to a tee. As pet owners it is very necessary to be well informed about all the options you should pick that will be in the best interests and safe of your pet. At the end of the day, all that matters are the well-being of your pet and that they remain healthy and cheerful.