Please note: we are not vets and any information given is through online research or our own experiences. If you have any queries about flea prevention and treatment it is always best to speak to your vet
Here at Feline Friends Cat Hotel, like any cattery, insist that cats must be up to date with their deflea treatment. We have found that a lot of people have questions about this, such as what to use and how to administer, so we thought it would be a good blog topic.
Fleas are not nice, they not only irritate your cat’s skin but they can also cause severe illnesses, such as Flea Bite Dermatitis (when your cat is allergic to flea bites) and anaemia. Fleas tend to thrive in our climate so it is important that we do everything we can to prevent cats getting fleas. There are multiple options for this such as tablets or spot on treatments. We will link a couple of more in depth flea information sites for anyone who is interested below but for now here are our FAQ’s about flea treatments.
How often does my cat need defleaing?
Generally speaking, cats need defleaing every 3-4 weeks, however this depends on which treatment you use and it is always best to check the label or ask your vet.
What can I use?
We would recommend a spot on solution called Advantage for Cats. There are also other brands of spot on which are available over in Spain, such as Broadline and also Frontline. In our opinion, Frontline does not always work. We have noticed this on some of the stray cats who we deflea. We believe that this is due to the ingredients seemingly being weaker than other brands, such as Broadline and Advantage.
Another option is tablets, you can buy a tablet called “Capster” online, and this kills fleas. HOWEVER, this is a treatment, not prevention, and only lasts for one day so it would need to be used in conjunction with another preventative treatment. Another tablet which is great, especially if your cat (like mine) disagrees with having spot on is Comfortis, this comes in a “meat” flavoured treat and this lasts a month. I believe that this needs to be given before or with food, so it is easier for your cat’s stomach.
Some other options which are NOT recommended are flea collars and flea sprays. Flea collars generally only repel fleas, and only around the neck. For example, if a flea finds its way to your cat’s back, it can still feed and lay eggs around there as the repellent does not reach that far. Think about if you wear a mosquito repellent bracelet, a lot of people still get bitten around the ankles, plus it does not kill the mosquito! We also do not recommend the spray as it is harder to apply and we have found most cats do not like the spray noise! We also feel that there is more chance of a cat licking the spray off, as you are supposed to spray it all over the cat’s body, whereas the spot on is between the shoulders, where the cat can’t reach.
Where can I buy flea treatment?
You can buy flea treatment from the vet, they can recommend the best type suited for your cat and advise how to apply. You can also buy Advantage online. As we have mentioned on Facebook, we use www.vetuk.co.uk who ship to Spain for a small charge and it really does work out cheaper than the vets.
Does a vet need to administer the flea treatment?
No, you can administer the treatment yourself at home. Here is a link which shows how to correctly administer spot on treatments https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd-Z0XnvZVk
If you are not comfortable, or are unable, to deflea your cat at home and it is coming in to the cattery, please let us know and we will be happy to administer the spot on for you. If you send your own flea product in, we do not charge for this. However, if you would like us to use our product (Advantage) we will charge 7€ for this to cover the price of the flea treatment.
My cat has fleas, what do I do?
If you notice that your cat has fleas, and it has not been deflead recently, the best thing to do is to deflea your cat with either the spot on or the tablet. The treatment starts killing fleas within around half an hour. It is important to wash all bedding and hoover/mop all surfaces, as most adult fleas live in the environment and eggs can drop into the environment off your cat.
If your cat has been deflead recently, it is important to check with your vet what can be used, as defleaing more than every 3 weeks can be toxic to your cat. The vet will most likely recommend using a tablet in conjunction with the spot on. It may also be helpful to use a flea comb to comb out adult fleas, an interesting tip is to put some fairy liquid (or any washing up liquid) on a piece of kitchen roll as this makes the fleas unable to move. This is helpful as if you comb a flea out of your cat’s coat, it will not jump into the environment!
How do the spot on treatments work?
The spot on treatments, if used correctly, work by absorbing into your cat’s oil glands and distributing around your cat’s skin. The active ingredients kill fleas by affecting the nervous system of the flea.
Here are some links for those interested in the flea life cycle:
International Cat Care on general flea information and the life cycle
Pet MD flea life cycle information
Information about the tablet “Comfortis”
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