Oftentimes, you are not aware your pet has a flea problem until the damage is done and your home is infested with them.
While some cats live with fleas and show minimal signs of infestation, control is highly recommended because:
Frequent vacuuming can help to reduce, but not eliminate, environmental infestation. Vacuum bags should be disposed of to prevent collected immature flea stages from continuing to develop in the house. Even though it is expensive and time-consuming, all soft furnishings should be treated. All nooks and crannies should be included, such as gaps between floorboards and moldings. Treatment of the whole house is essential. Anything that is heavily infested, such as pet bedding, should be treated with a flea control product, laundered in hot water, or thrown out.
Once the adult fleas have been removed from all the animals in the house and the environment, prevention of re-infestation is essential. Flea control products come in many forms: Collars, shampoos, sprays, foams, powders, and monthly topicals.
We firmly believe that prevention is the best guard against a flea problem. We recommend monthly flea preventives that include Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) or Insect Development Inhibitors (IDIs). These products are very safe because they act on receptors that are not present in mammals, only in insects. They have excellent safety profiles enabling the treatment of kittens from a young age. We recommend monthly topicals to our clients and have several effective choices for cats:
Always follow manufacturer's guidelines, and never use products labeled for dogs on your cat.
Long term flea control is essential for a happy environment for your family, your cat, and any other animals in your house.
How to tell if your cat has fleas
When cats groom themselves, they ingest any fleas on their haircoats, making them difficult to detect. The only signs you may see are incessant itching or flea bites on your own ankles! We recommend this procedure to determine whether your cat has fleas or not: