Check out our latest advice on controlling cat fleas from the team here at Hollyoak vets
Fleas and worms are pretty nasty, for you and your family, as well as your cat – flea bites are equally irritating and painful for both of you.
What can fleas do to my cat?
First of all, flea bites sting and itch and can be painful.
In addition, many cats become sensitised to flea bites – which leads to intense itchiness and severe scratching – causing infections and even injuries.
Finally, fleas are also responsible for passing some tapeworms to cats.
How can I avoid fleas?
It is practically impossible to prevent your cat coming into contact with fleas. They breed throughout the year in centrally heated homes, even ones without cats. In fact only about 5% of the fleas in your house are adult and living on your cat; 95% are eggs, larvae and pupae, waiting to develop.
So regular treatments are essential to control the problem and prevent a build up within your home as well as on your cat. This means using a combination of products, to attack both the adult fleas on your cats AND the immature ones within your home.
We strongly recommend that you use flea control products from a vet. We still find that many non-prescription products are simply not up to the job and just do not control fleas effectively.
How flea control products work
Flea products are applied on the skin in the neck region and quickly kill the fleas on your cat.
Some products also control mites, including harvest mites and ear mites.
Separate environmental products can then be used to ‘break’ the flea breeding cycle in your home.
Flea Control is an important part of your cat’s health care routine.
Please do Call Us if you need to top up your supplies of flea control products, or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health and want to book an appointment – 01223 231 111