There are many different remedies and methods out there for treating fleas and ticks on cats, and there are also various over-the-counter cat flea medicine options on the market today. The rapid influx of so many untested cat flea medicine brands in the early 2000’s, and specifically spot-on treatments, led the Environmental Protection Agency to issue a warning in 2010 about possible toxic reactions to cat flea medicine. This resulted from an increase in cat fatalities attributed to the inappropriate use of some products.
There are many different Flea Treatment for Cats NZ products on the market. This includes a plethora of remedies involving substances that have no medical validity where fleas and ticks for cats are concerned. Our Veterinarians would strongly recommend against numerous over the counter flea and tick treatments. Some common cat flea treatment methods include:
Spot-On Flea Treatments: There are many different spot-on flea treatments with varying effectiveness and different spectrums of use. At your next veterinary appointment we will help you choose the most effective spot-on flea and tick treatment for your cat. Veterinary recommended products will kill 100% of fleas and ticks so the life cycle doesn’t continue in your home, whereas many over-the-counter options will not kill 100% and the problem will continue for both you and your pet.
Cat Flea Collars, Powders and Sprays: We do not recommend the use of flea collars, powders or sprays. While these products were the mainstay of flea control in past years, they are more toxic and less effect than the products we currently recommend.
Fleas Cause Tapeworm Infestation
Did you know that when your cat gets fleas, there is a very good chance that they will have contracted tapeworms as well? Cats are excellent groomers and as they groom away fleas, tapeworms are contracted. We can easily treat tapeworms with a one-dose oral or topical treatment during your cat’s visit to our hospital. This is an important step even if you are keeping up with your cat’s annual fecal intestinal parasite exam because the tapeworm is the one intestinal parasite that lab tests don’t find. The tapeworm holds its eggs in packets and doesn’t release them in a way that we can find them under the microscope. You can see the tapeworm egg packets in the fur under your cats tail if you wait long enough, but they shed intermittently and can be difficult to find. Our preference is to go ahead and deworm for them any time fleas are diagnosed in a cat and we’ll be happy to help with that at your visit.
Fleas And Skin Infection
Cats with fleas that have scabs on their skin or hair loss need a veterinary appointment to assess the need for antibiotics and/or anti-inflammatory and itch medicine. Fortunately, these treatments are typically given via injection in the hospital and have long acting effects, so we can help your cat recover without asking you to give medications at home. Please schedule an appointment for best advice on getting your cat feeling better soon!