My Cat Has Fleas. What Can I Do?

Fleas are the most common parasite you'll need to protect your cat against. If your feline has fleas, it's time to start a complete flea control program.

Why Should I Be Worried About Fleas?

Flea bites are more than just annoying. They also carry with them the potential of some much more serious health issues, such as:

  • Anemia
  • Skin allergies
  • Spread of disease
  • Transmission of tapeworms
 

A Three-Point Preventive Flea Control Program

Treatment of Pets - You need to treat any pet that could possibly contract fleas, which includes each of your cats and dogs; though, it does not include birds, reptiles, and other small, furry pets, like rodents. There are plenty of safe and effective products for adult pets, as well as puppies and kittens. It is even possible to find flea medications for pet ferrets and rabbits!

Treatment of the entire house, car, or motor home - For house and vehicle treatment, begin with a very thorough vacuuming. Be sure to get under everything, such as beds, couches, rugs, etc. Don't forget the basement or garage! When finished, throw out the vacuum bag outside of your home to prevent the pests from crawling back into your living area. Then, use a professional bomb or premise spray according to its label’s instructions. Treat the entire area, even places not frequented by your pet. You may need to vacuum and treat furniture according to the manufacturers' recommendations as well. Be sure to remove all pets and family members from the area while spraying until it is safe to return.

Treatment of the yard - Your cat’s outdoor environment needs treatment, too. Treat as much of the yard as possible with a professional flea spray, and make sure to follow all listed directions. Treat areas where your pet spends time, including decks or dog houses. Fleas love to hide in bark dust and leaf litter as well, so be thorough in your extermination!

For safe and effective use, always read and follow the label directions for all flea control products to properly protect your home and garden, and feel free to consult our parasite prevention page for more detail on deterring these pests.

Need More Information?

Learn how to identify fleas on your cat and get tips for keeping your home flea-free. For more information on fleas and their prevention, take a look at our dedicated flea page or talk to your local veterinarian about your cat's health today.