One Single Flea Can Cause CHAOS!

I find it scary that one single flea bite can cause a very bad allergic reaction in your cat. Yes. ONE flea bite!

Fleas used to be a seasonal pest with some parts of the country more affected than others. But that has changed. Fleas are now a year-round problem and a nationwide epidemic.

The only way to win the war is to fight it on all frontiers.

First, it’s a very good idea to give your cats an indoor-only lifestyle. This way, not only are they safer from predators and traffic, but they are also more protected from fleas and ticks!

There are a lot of choices when it comes to feline flea prevention and it’s a matter of selecting a product that best suits your cat and your lifestyle. There are oral products, topicals and collars. For example PetArmor for Cats is a fast working topical that lasts a month at a time, is waterproof and easy to use for the control of adult fleas, ticks and chewing lice on cats and kittens eight weeks and older. It contains the active ingredient fipronil and, when used as directed, can stop infestations and help prevent reinfestation.

If you suddenly notice fleas, and your cat is not too averse to having a bath, it’s a good idea to wash her using a FastAct Flea & Tick Shampoo before you even apply a topical.

The thing with fleas is that they only spend 20 percent of their time on your pet, the rest of the time they are free ranging in your home. So a second critical step is to spray your home, too. In order to do so, first remove your cat from the areas you are spraying because the sprays are toxic. One way to do it is to spray part of the home while keep your cat confined to another room. When it’s safe to go back into the area, then you can deal with the room where you confined your cat and thus get the whole house under control.

Third,  you need to protect your yard. It’s easy with  do-it-yourself products such as SentryHome Yard and Premise Spray, a broad-spectrum insecticide intended to keep your yard and landscaping free from common pests.

Cats and dogs can really scratch their skin raw if they’ve been bitten. So be sure to seek veterinary advice as quickly as possible.

And remember, it’s a year-round war, which only gets worse as the summer months approach. So make a note on your calendar to redo preventative measures on a monthly basis.

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