Microchip cat flaps do a great job of keeping strays and other undesirables out of our homes and hence prevent the spread of fleas. However, sometimes fleas do make it into our homes and when we think of fleas we immediately think of bites, red raised bumps, itching, and annoyance for OURSELVES!
Imagine how or cats and kittens feel when the majority of the fleas live on them and not on humans. They simply jump on us and bite, then leave. They actually live on our cats. The good news is that you can stop it before it gets out of hand.
This article gives a brief overview of the steps you need to take, but for more in-depth information, take a look at FleaBites.co.uk
Heat is your best weapon. Wash all bedding in hot water in the washing machine. When washing the bedding put approximately ¼ of a cup of white vinegar in with the regular laundry soap. When you are done washing dry in a high heat dryer. This should kill off the remaining eggs that have been planted.
Proper grooming and hygiene. Combing, brushing and bathing are important for your cats. Even though they seem to lick themselves constantly, that is not a deep skin bath. If you are unsure on exactly what type of cat shampoo to use, simply use a very mild baby shampoo. It is gentle enough for your cat’s sensitive skin and will pull off the remaining fleas and eggs that the brushing and combing missed.
Clean your house thoroughly and use a spray that kills fleas if necessary – following the instructions on the can very carefully. Any fabric that cannot be washed in the washing machine needs to be vacuumed thoroughly. It is recommended that when you do own cats you vacuum at least every other day, preferably every day with a vacuum cleaner designed for pet owners. This will help keep down the infestations from being tracked in from outside as well as from the eggs that are being hatched.
You can get a good quality flea treatment from your vet or a chemist over the counter such as Advantage or Frontline but don’t purchase the flea collars or treatments off the shelf in a supermarket or pet shop because they aren’t sufficiently strong enough and fleas could become immune to the ingredients.
It seems simple enough, but without following simple techniques and treatment options a small problem can turn into a huge issue in no time. It only takes 7-10 days from an egg to gestate to a flea, within that time your home can become an infestation if it is not stopped in its tracks. Maintenance is the key in keeping them minimal and keeping you and your furry friends happy and healthy. Good Luck!