Flea & Tick Prevention: Keeping Your Cat Safe from Fleas & Ticks
Cats are prone to the contracting of fleas and ticks, even if they do not spend time outdoors. Since these parasites could be transferred to your pet's fur by people who had been outdoors, taking steps in parasite prevention is best to keep your cat in the best of health. Contacting New England Cat Care in Woodbridge is an option to help cats from becoming victims to a flea or tick problem. Here are some tips to help you keep these parasites from causing your own cat discomfort.
Why Fleas And Ticks Are Problematic For Cats
If a flea or two get into a cat's coat, the possibility of a full-blown infestation is always a possibility if reproduction occurs. Fleas are difficult to control without help from topical medications. Fleas cause distress for cats as they are felt walking around upon the skin, often leading to the cat scratching and biting at their body in an attempt to stop itching. Fleas also leave behind bite marks. Some cats are allergic to flea bites and require medication to stop inflammation and heal affected areas. Ticks cause discomfort at bite sights and can cause Lyme disease to occur.
How To Protect Your Cat From A Flea Or Tick Problem
There are a few ways you can protect your cat so they are less likely to contract a flea or tick problem. Seeing our vet and obtaining a topical treatment will provide month-long protection against parasites that get into the coat of a cat. This type of agent is placed in between the shoulder blades of a cat and kills parasites within a day or two. It will then continuously keep new fleas or ticks from living in your pet's fur. Shampoos, collars, and routine combing will also help to keep fleas and ticks at bay.
Steps To Keep Fleas From Returning After An Infestation
After treating your cat for a flea or tick problem, taking steps to ensure they do not return is necessary. Flea eggs and larvae may be present within your home and another infestation could occur if you don't continue to use a topical treatment on your cat. Make sure to vacuum carpets frequently and wash your cat's bedding in hot water to remove any flea remnants. Check your cat after each excursion outside for harbored ticks or fleas. A flea comb will rid the fur of these parasites.
If your cat is suffering from a flea or tick problem, or if you need parasite prevention medication, contact New England Cat Care in Woodbridge to meet with our veterinarian. Call us at 203-387-6369.