Below you will find instructions to get rid of cat fleas in 3 easy steps- but first here are some signs that your cat is infested with fleas and needs immediate attention!
Cats typically don’t show signs that they have fleas unless they’re having an allergic reaction to the fleas saliva. How can you get rid of the fleas on your cat if you don’t recognize the problem? The following are a few signs that your cat has fleas.
- Loss of fur
- Irritated red skin, also called hot spots
- Black dirt left behind where they’ve been sleeping
If your cat is chewing and scratching their skin a lot, they’re most likely having an allergic reaction to the fleas saliva. This is transferred when the flea bites your cat.
Fleas are very deadly to a cat if they are left untreated. Due to the size of cats, it doesn’t take very much time for them to become flea infested. Cat fleas can cause lethargic behavior, signs of this would be:
- No energy
- Loss of interest in food and water
Cat fleas can also cause anemia for your feline friend. This means that your cat’s red blood cells are depleted and not regenerating fast enough. Fleas eat blood, so if your cat has fleas, they can show signs of anemia rapidly. Signs of your cat being anemic are:
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat
- Very low energy level
An adult female flea eats 15x’s her body weight in blood, with each feeding. Although this doesn’t seem like a lot, it is. Especially when you figure that your cat has much more than one flea on his/her body.
This can become life threatening to your cat in a very short time and possibly lead to the death of your cat if not treated immediately! It is very important to get rid of fleas on your cat as soon as you see one.
Follow the steps below to get rid of cat fleas:
Step 1. Bathe your cat with a flea shampoo for cats. I know giving a cat a bath is not very easy due to their fear of water, but the end result is worth the hassle! If your cats skin is noticeably irritated, use a flea shampoo with oatmeal, this will help soothe his/her skin, along with killing the fleas.
Fill a sink or tub with enough warm water to completely submerge your cat, leaving only there head above the water.
Squeeze a good amount of shampoo onto your cats coat, starting at the neck, right behind their ears. Go right down the spine of your cat, stopping at the base of the tail.
Starting behind the ears, gently but firmly rub the shampoo into a thick lather, being sure that you’re getting right down to the skin. Continue doing this until your cats entire body, back, neck, belly, tail and feet, have been lathered.
If you see your cat is turning red, don’t panic, the flea droppings are blood. When dry on your cats skin they are black, but when water is added they turn to the color of blood.
Next put your cat back in the water, with only the head sticking out. Massage the shampoo out of your cats coat, being sure to rub completely to the skin.
You may see fleas coming out around your cats face. Using your wet hand, push the flea down into the water. You are drowning the fleas, so they are going to be trying to get on a dry surface.
Continue rubbing your cats coat, while in the water, for approximately 10 minutes.
Step 2. Next take your cat out of the water and wrap them in a towel. Rub their body dry, you don’t want them to catch a chill.
Now you’ll need to brush your cat with a flea comb, or any fine tooth comb. Starting right behind the ears, comb in one stroke to the base of the tail. Be sure to rinse your flea comb in a bowl of water after every comb stroke.
You are removing any more fleas and flea debris that may still be on your cat. Continue with this until your cat has been thoroughly combed. It’s not very difficult to get rid of fleas on your cats, it will take you some time. When the process is finished it is very well worth it for both of you!
Step 3. Now your ready for a topical flea medication for your cat. Apply this to your cats dry coat, following the instructions on the package. If any fleas bite your cat again, they will die from the medication. Most topical flea medications last 1 month, I would recommend reapplying every month to keep your cat protected.
You have completed all the steps to get rid of fleas on your cats. Now you should follow the steps to get rid of fleas in your home. Here you will find the necessary steps to cleaning your cats toys and bedding.
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