In last week’s article, we discussed the risks while using flea treatment products containing pyrethrin in a home with cats. To sum that discussion up, pyrethrin can have a serious negative impact on the health of your pet.
So, what should you do if your dog or even your cat has fleas? What are the best ways to eliminate the fleas while ensuring that your pets remain in perfect health?
The tips for flea treatment and prevention included below should be able to help you out.
Prevention is better than cure and that rings true when dealing with fleas. Your goal here is to remove the fleas from your home and to do that, you need to be thorough.
Web MD recommends vacuuming. Daily vacuuming in particular should prove to be a huge help. Target the carpets, cushions, and all those tight spaces where fleas may lay their eggs.
Washing covers and other fabrics that your pet cat touches regularly is also a good idea. Try to wash at least once a week if possible.
If your cat is willing, you can also give him/her regular baths. During those baths, check your cat from nose to tail for fleas.
If you’ve dealt with persistent flea problems in the past, you may need to bring in an exterminator. Just make sure that you tell them that you have pets who live in the home so that they use products safe for them.
How to Treat Cats with Fleas
Interestingly enough, regular household items can be used for treating cats with fleas. The Spruce Pets suggests using items such as liquid from boiled lemons and dish soap to take out the fleas. Apple cider vinegar can also be used, although it focuses more on forcing the fleas to hop away from your cats.
Consult with your vet as well. While using pyrethrin-based products on your cat may not be a good idea, there are still other options out there that can work for flea control.
Considering the dangers posed to cats by pyrethrin, it would be best to steer clear of products containing that substance on Fluffy. The good news is that there are other preventive and treatment measures that can take their place while not endangering your cat.
If you need help monitoring your cats for fleas while you’re away, we at TAILored Cat Services will be glad to help. Just give us a ring at 425-923-7791 or check out our website to see how we can assist you.