Category Archives: Fleas

Chemical Flea Treatments

Although most cat owners would prefer to use a non-chemical means to rid their Kitty of fleas and indeed the house, there are sometimes instances when we need to use chemical treatments. Owning several animals in the same household and large flea infestations may require a more serious intervention. Overall the suffering of an animal may outweigh the potential harm and side effects of using chemical treatments.

When treating your cat for fleas it is important that the house and other animals be treated at the same time. This is covered in the previous blog post and therefore, I won’t repeat all of those instructions here, word for word. Ensure that your cat, it’s bedding, your other animals and your house are all treated on the same day.

Vacuum all flooring, including under, over and around furniture, skirting boards, corners and curtains. Spray the vacuum filter afterwards with a flea spray to prevent the escape of larvae or eggs next time you vacuum. Dispose of the bag in a sealed plastic bag or empty and wash the dust collector.

Treating The House

There are a variety of products on the market to assist in treating the house and your cat. The most commonly used products are sprays or flea bombs. Flea bombs and some foggers can be placed in the middle of the room and set off. Be vigilant in following instructions as some products direct that the power to the house be turned off prior to using and rooms need to be shut off for a minimum of 2 hours prior to re-entering. Sprays and some foggers can be used to spray under beds, heavy furniture and pet bedding, however please read the instructions prior to use. Some sprays also require that you don’t vacuum for a long period afterwards due to the ongoing effects of the sprays used. Also, exercise caution when using sprays or bombs when children or other pets are present… don’t forget fish, birds etc… Treating outside the house includes all of the practical tips included in the previous blog post. An insect spray or fogger may be used to spray directly at entry and exit points that your cat uses, porches or places where your cat may rest outside.

Treating Your Cat

Typical chemical treatments used for your cat may include pet shampoos, flea collars, flea powders and flea sprays. These treatments are widely available from Vets, Online and Supermarkets. Ensure that you use the product as intended and strictly follow instructions.

The most useful of all of the chemical treatments, are the flea treatments either applied directly to the cats’ skin or ingested. There are a variety of products on the market with some including an insect growth regulator which impedes the growth cycle of the flea, reducing infestations quite quickly. These treatments usually last one month and together with household treatment are usually sufficient to stop the flea cycle. It is important to be aware of the ingredients of the product (insect growth regulator or insecticide) to know how effective the treatment will be and what the product actually treats. Some products treat cats for fleas only, whilst other products prevent fleas, ticks, lice and different types of worms.

It may be worth considering the total cost of flea and worm prevention on a monthly basis then comparing this to an all in one product or two products. Once you have decided which product to use then it is possible to compare costs of that product with another.

Final Tips

Once you have treated all animals and the house, check your cat for fleas during the first couple of days to assess the effectiveness of the treatment.

When you instigate treatment ensure that your yard is secure and that no other animals visit in the first two weeks at least.

Repeat the process of treating the house in 2 weeks time, as sometimes infestation may re-occur due to the fact that pupae which were missed in the first clean out, have come out of their cocoon and grown into adult fleas.

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How to Get Rid of Fleas – The Non-Chemical Way

How to Get Rid of Fleas – The Non-Chemical Way

Fleas can not only be annoying they can also be a health hazard to Kitty as well. There are two methods of getting rid of fleas from your cat, around the house and yard. The methods are either chemcial or non-chemical based. It is thought that the only way to truly eliminate fleas is to use chemcials, this may be true, however some people are unable to tolerate the use of chemicals or may simply wish to avoid their use. So, let’s examine the chemically free alternative for ridding your cat and house of fleas.

Has Kitty Got Fleas?

Treat all animals and the house on the same day.

The House

Wash all animal bedding on a hot wash cycle and hang out in the sun to dry.

Vacuum all hard floors, carpets, rugs and under rugs. Then sprinkle the floors with either Borax or Diatomaceous earth, both will dehydrate the fleas. Only use Food Grade – not Pool Grade Diatomaceous earth as it is poisonous and use a face mask as the dust can be inhaled easily. Leave either of the powders to sit for an hour then vacuum thoroughly. Pay particular attention to corners, skirting boards, under furniture and any other confined places, especially special nesting spots where your cat hides or sleeps. Also vacuum furniture, curtains and don’t forget the couch, chairs, pillows and throw rugs. If you don’t want to use the Diatomaceous earth or Borax, vacuum twice to be on the safe side.
Remove the bag from the vacuum cleaner and dispose or remove the dust collector from the vacuum and empty into a bag and seal. Wash out the dust collector before re-attaching to the vacuum cleaner.

Water traps may help, leave a small dish or tub of soapy water under a night light or television set (turned on). Fleas are attracted to the light and when they jump they land in the water. An electric flea trap or sticky flea trap may also be useful alternatives.

Your Cat

If your cat is used to being bathed or put under the shower with you then this is highly recommended. Try sourcing a organic cat shampoo product, and always wet around the neck first to stop fleas from escaping to the head.
If your cat despises water then using a dry shampoo may help. Comb the cat’s hair first then sprinkle Baking soda over your cats body let it sit for five minutes then comb off the excess.

Use a flea comb, and dip after using in a small tub of soapy water you can also spread some petroleum jelly along the combs teeth to trap the fleas. If you do this daily you will be able to determine how bad the flea infestation is and with close monitoring hopefully avoid a flea epidemic in your household.

Do not give your cat any garlic or essential oils as both are toxic.

Repeat the whole process in two weeks time, as fleas in pupae stage may have emerged.

Outside the House

Minimise or stop contact with other animals, this may mean no visiting animals and keeping your animals secure in the yard.

Clean the yard and remove any piles of sticks, branches, if you can’t move them ensure that they are in the sun. Keep the lawn mowed and watered. Ensure that any compost bins are located well away from the house. Spread some nematodes (roundworms) as these critters feast on flea larvae. Place cedar chips near Kitty’s favourite resting spots. Diatomaceous earth placed in areas around the yard can also prevent fleas and ticks from moving close to the house.

If you implement all of the steps then you should confident in knowing how to get rid of fleas the non-chemical way in the future, should you have a flea invasion again.