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cat_flea_control.jpgThere are a number of different flea control methods and flea prevention methods out there. How is an owner supposed to sift through them all and decide what’s best? There are some standard things that every owner should look for in a flea prevention medication; it should cover all the life cycles of the flea and be free of permethrins. A cat owner should never use flea products for their dogs on cats. And remember, when it comes to chemicals and medications, More is never better. These products will be absorbed or ingested by your pet, too much can make them very ill.


Flea Shampoo


A flea shampoo is a product that is used when bathing your pet.


Pros: Flea shampoos are great at killing large outbreaks of fleas on your pet and leave little chemical residue when properly administered.


Cons: They do not last long. In fact, if used properly the residual chemicals will be one within a day or two leaving your pet open for more fleas

 

Top Flea Shampoo Product: Adams Flea & Tick Shampoo $18.00

 

Flea Dips


A very strong chemical mix that clears up not only fleas, but ticks and mites as well.

 

Pros: Flea dips last up to two weeks, and kill multiple parasites.

 
Cons: The chemicals are very strong and remain on the skin and coat of the cat allowing them to be ingested during self-grooming. Many also contain Pyrethrin which can be very dangerous for cats.

 

Top Flea Dip Product: Bio-Groom Flea & Tick Pyrethrin Dip $9.00

 

Flea Collars


Flea collars are worn around the neck and provide one of two methods of flea control, toxic gas or subcutaneous fat layer absorption of the gas that is then released to the fleas.

 

Pros: Flea collars are relatively cheap.

Cons: Generally only effective on adult fleas, can cause irritation to the eyes of the cat and often only provide protection in the areas around the collar itself, rather than the whole body.

 

Top Flea Collar Product: Adams Plus Breakaway Flea and Tick Collar for Cats $10.00

 

Flea Powders and Sprays


Powders and sprays offer short term protection and are applied directly to the animal. Some protect from fleas, ticks and mites.


Pros: Some offer a defense against fleas in all stages of life and can be used on pet beds and carpets.

 
Cons: Must be reapplied often as they only last two or three days at most.

 

Top Flea Powder/ Spray Products: NaturVet Herbal Flea Pet Powder/ Spray $11.00

 

Spot-on Treatment


Spot-on treatments have been the rage for years, they are applied monthly between the shoulder blades.


Pros: Simple, long lasting, affects fleas in all stages of life.


Cons: Tend to be expensive


Top Rated Spot-On Flea Treatment Product: Advantage for Cats 6-Months for $50.00


Oral Medication

 

There are two types of Flea pills, one prevents larvae from emerging from the egg by causing the female fleas to lay deformed eggs and larvae. The second is administered daily and only kills adults. They are best used in conjunction with a second medication to treat the alternate portion of the lifecycle


Pros: Great for preventing an infestation if you have an outbreak, fast acting and fairly inexpensive
Cons: Do not kill adult fleas OR do not kill larvae and eggs


Top Rated Oral Medication Flea Treatment Products:


Capstar $15.00


Program 6-months for $55.00

 

 

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