Guide to Flea and Tick Medication for Cats

You might think that only pet dogs encounter problems with fleas and ticks; this is not so since cats have this problem as well. Once you realize that your pet cat is infested with fleas and ticks, do not wait any longer before looking for a treatment or preventive for this condition. Like flea treatments for dogs, there are also many treatments available for cats.

The popular parasitic preventives for cats differ by their mode of administration and these are topical treatments, oral tablets, and collars. Whatever your pet prefers should be the chosen mode of administration. All these types of treatments can be purchased in many online stores for pet supplies. Below are some descriptions of the three modes of treatment application which can help you decide which one to use.

Most pet owners choose topical treatment for their cats. Since this is an external mode of administration, most pet owners know how o do this and this type helps get rid of external parasites. It is easy to use topical treatments since you just apply the contents of the entire tube on a part of your cat’s fur on the shoulder blades. The affectivity of this topical solution is good for 30 days.

The flea and ticks found on the cat’s body are easily destroyed by this topical treatment. It also lessens eggs and young stages of its life and also aids in flea allergy dermatitis. Another brand has fast action once applied to cats. The spot-on medication destroys fleas only and is suitable for felines living in areas where ticks are not prominent. This fast acting treatment kills fleas within 3 to 5 minute of application and kills all within 12 hours of application.

If you want to provide long term relief for fleas and ticks for your cats, then you can make them wear collars. The design of these collars is such that it releases the ingredients for flea prevention which spreads quickly through the cat’s body. You can remove the collar when bathing your car but most collars are safe in the water. It will have long lasting effectiveness if it is dry all the time.

Topical treatments are not for cats that are very fussy. Try oral suspension if you fail on the other two modes of application. Oral suspension is a liquid form that is to be added in the cat’s food and administered. Since it has a great taste, cats love it and is easy to feed it to them. This liquid circulates in the blood stream of the cat once it ingests the food. There is no recurrence of flea infestation since this mediation breaks that flea’s life cycle. The best time to administer this oral suspension is two month before the fleas become active because it is not effective for adult fleas.

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