Pests like ticks and fleas are a nuisance that causes harm to our beloved pets especially during spring and summer, which happen to be their high seasons. Most of our cats and dogs can’t wait to run around the front or backyard. Chances are high that they would come in contact with these pests making themselves a breeding ground for ticks, fleas or lies.
Dislodging these nasty little creatures from the body of your pet would prove to be extremely difficult. Leaving these creatures too long on your pets could cause some serious diseases. It’s always best to take precautions against the infestation of such pests.
You can get rid of fleas, ticks and other pests from your cats through a number of different methods. Looking for ways to remove pests from your cat? Keep in mind the following tips and you might try this as well.
Keep your yard clean and orderly
Pests tend to live and breed in tall grass and lawns that are left to grow wild. Considering most cats love to explore such areas they are likely to be the target of pests such as ticks that can cause serious diseases like anaplasmosis and Lyme disease. So, it is important that you stop these pests from spreading. Trimming the grass along the fence, sidewalk, furniture, swing, and trees can stop these creatures to an extent.
Treat the infested area
One way to treat the infested area is by using a yard and a household treatment spray that can be purchased from a pet store, veterinarian or a supermarket. These products have to be handled carefully as they could be poisonous or harmful to humans and animals. If the situation of pest infestation is beyond your control or if you are not confident enough to handle the chemicals for pest control you should hire an exterminator to do so.
You need to be vigilant and check your furry friend regularly for pests especially during the summer and spring. If your cat seems to be irritated after or if you notice excessive scratching it could be a sign of the presence of ticks or fleas. Check for it and if you find one you need to remove and get rid of it immediately.
Medication to be taken orally
Oral medications are strong enough to kill fleas and ticks and cats are given these pills. It can also stop the life cycle of fleas. These medicines might not be quiet easy to feed. However, you have to go through the pain.
You can buy a spot-on medication from the veterinarian, online or at a pet store and they are really effective for controlling ticks and fleas. The application of these medicines can keep the pests away for at least a month but you need to be well informed before purchasing and using a spot-on medication. If you have doubts regarding the medicine make sure you seek the advice of a veterinarian before using it.
Medicated cat shampoos
One of the best ways to get rid of ticks and fleas on cats is by using a medicated cat shampoo. Using a medicated shampoo to bathe your cat will kill the fleas and ticks. Compared to the other methods this is inexpensive but you will have to repeat it once every two weeks to keep the parasites at bay.
Tick collars are used to protect the cat from fleas and ticks. The collar needs to come in contact with the skin of your cat to transfer the medication on to the skin and fur of your cat. If the collar is too long you need to cut off the excess length to stop your cat from chewing it and falling sick. Make sure that your cat does not have an allergic reaction to the collar.
Tick sprays and tick dips
Tick sprays contain medicines that are strong enough to kill the ticks quickly. Tick sprays are for topical application and you have to be really careful while applying it to the face of your cat. A tick dip is a chemical that is quite concentrated. This has to be diluted in water and applied to the fur of your cat and poured on its back.
This is also a topical medication that is strong enough to kill ticks and fleas and to repel them.
Follow these tips to keep your cat free of fleas and ticks and to keep it happy and healthy.