Spring is finally here! It’s a perfect time for our pets to enjoy beautiful sunny days and play outside as long as they want. However, apart from mild spring breeze, vibrant nature and overwhelming scents, this season brings numerous problems, including annoying fleas.
Apart from ticks, fleas are the most common external parasites that make a home in your pet’s fur and feed on its blood. What makes it even worse is the fact that, during their quite long lives, fleas can lay millions of eggs.
According to numerous studies, fleas most commonly attack dogs and cats. Unlike dogs, cats are more sensitive and they require the finest products and treatments.
Now, you’re probably wondering why it is that important to eliminate fleas as fast as possible. Well, feeding on your cat’s blood, fleas will make it uncomfortable or, even worse, aggressive.
Apart from making your cat frustrated, fleas can easily spread to other animals as well as people and represent a threat for your entire family. Now, if you want to have a flea-free cat, here are 4 tips to have a flea free cat.
How will I notice if my cat has fleas?
Although fleas are miniature creatures, you will easily notice if your cat has them. They cause persistent scratching, discomfort, hair loss, irritated skin and pale gums. Therefore, if you have noticed any of these symptoms, you need to do a spot check. So, take a comb and go through your cat’s fur. If you notice anything odd, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
Which products should I use?
Cats are extremely sensitive animals, therefore inappropriate products could have disastrous consequences on their health. That’s why you should consult your veterinarian, who will do a detailed checkup and prescribe you adequate and effective products. There are numerous flea removal products that will destroy both existing fleas and their offspring. You can get them both on prescription and over the counter. When choosing a proper product, you need to keep one thing in mind- you should never apply your dog’s flea-removal product on your cat!
1. Beware of Food Additives
Apart from flea removal products, you should also pay attention to your cat’s food. Putting natural additives to your cat’s meals, you will prevent infestation quickly. For example, you could use brewer’s yeast entailing B vitamins, biotin, proteins and zinc that will boost your pet’s health and make it more resistant to numerous diseases.
Unfortunately, sometimes our cats can be allergic to brewer’s yeast. In this case, it must be eliminated immediately from your cat’s nutrition. Another amazing solution is the use of garlic, which will help you to get rid of fleas naturally, as well as the use of apple cider vinegar. All you have to do is to add a tablespoon of vinegar in a cup of water and make your cat drink it.
2. Clean your yard regularly
Believe it or not, it is really easy for both people and animals to bring fleas from the outside. No matter if your cat spent the entire day in the house or playing outside, the chances of not getting fleas are really low. Therefore, if you want to destroy these terrible parasites, you need to clean your yard first.
Firstly, you need to sweep up and vacuum your patio and deck regularly in order to prevent infestation. Secondly, you need to look for all secluded, dark and moist places in your yard, where fleas usually hide, and avoid exposing your cat to them. Finally, you could buy an eco-friendly spray that will destroy fleas fast.
3. Sparkling clean home
Apart from cleaning your yard on a daily basis, you should also pay attention to your interior. You should start with vacuuming your home every day, especially when it comes to rugs, furniture, upholstery, your cat’s bedding and other places where it spends time. Once you finish vacuuming, you should throw out the bag immediately and apply spray or powder to such places. You should always bear in mind that similarly to outdoors, fleas that populate our homes hide in dark places such as below furniture and bedding.
4. Spiders – Seriously they help!
Even if most of us hate spiders, we must confess that they can be really useful sometimes. For example, they can play an immense role in destroying fleas because they feed on them. All you have to do is to bring in a couple of spiders and they will threaten flea population in your home.
As you could already conclude, having a flea-free cat is extremely important. If you don’t prevent such problem on time, your cat might develop anemia, skin and hair problems and various parasite infestations. Most importantly, fleas can affect your entire family. Therefore, if you notice that your cat has any of the above mentioned symptoms you shouldn’t despair for fleas can be easily treated. All you have to do is to clean your home regularly, use effective flea-control products, and you will manage to get rid of these parasites. Good luck!