My Flea Control Routine

Posted on March 21, 2016, 6:48 pm
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Happy Monday all. I’ve had a couple of emails over the past week asking me about what flea treatment I use and what products would I recommend. I am not a vet and cannot recommend any products to you however; I can tell you what my vet has recommended to me and more importantly, what works for me.

A couple of years ago, I made the mistake of putting some herbal flea treatment on both my cats. I’ve never had fleas before so I wasn’t aware of the signs to look out for, until one day my husband start breaking out in small bites all around his ankles. I thought it was an allergic reaction to the new washing powder I bought…boy was I wrong.

Then one day while my husband was on the sitting room floor, a flea jumped onto a piece of paper (like below) he was holding. Straight away we checked both our cat’s coats to discover…. they had fleas. I rang my vets straight away and they told me to pop down to them and they would recommend a kind of fumigation spray for my home. I cannot tell you in words just how stressed I was at that time. By this time the bites had travelled up both my husband’s legs and now they had started to bite me. When I’m on holidays I cover myself from head to toe in mosquitoes repellent because I hate getting bitten, the itch drives me crazy. Now I’m getting eating alive in my own home and cannot handle another day of scratching.

 

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Cleaning:

Both my husband Connor and I spent a whole weekend moving from room to room spraying every crack and crevice we could find, cleaning every surface (twice), you also have to make sure you throw away your vacuum bags and anything else that might store fleas. You cannot have any pets in your home when using the treatment spray. Please follow your vet’s instructions carefully.  It is important you treat all areas in your home to really eradicate a flea infestation. I started in one room, cleaned it from top to bottom and then I went back in the room and sprayed the treatment spray. I left each room for a couple of hours before I went back in and sprayed the room again. You don’t have to this, this was me being anal and making sure those bloody fleas didn’t come back. It had been a month since my husband Connor received his first bite.

Treatment:

After this disaster, on my vet’s recommendation, I now apply Bayer Adovate ‘Spot on’ (fights against fleas, larvae, hookworm, roundworm, heart worm and more) to both my cats once a month. There are two difference strengths I use because my cats weights vary. I use the spot on treatment for cats weighing up to 4kg on Bella and use spot on treatment for cats over 4kgs on Egor. The spot on comes in a tiny little tube that with one quick squeeze applies the spot on liquid to the back of the neck. It could not be easier.

Tip: I always apply this spot on treatment when my cats have their heads in their food bowls. 

 

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You can get a spot on treatment that lasts three months or you can apply it like I do, once a month. After doing some research on flea treatment methods, flea collars, tablets, powers etc don’t seem to be as effective as the spot on products available.

5 signs to look out for:

  • Shaking of the head often
  • Constant licking
  • Chewing on a certain part of their body
  • Increased scratching
  • Bites on your body

A couple of things to be aware of:

Fleas on kittens can cause anaemia.

Some cats are allergic to flea bites causing all sort of skin problems.

Only ever use products recommend by your vet. Don’t make the same mistake I did.  😢

Some fleas maybe in a cocoon/pupae form, this can protect them from the first treatment. You may need to treat your home a second time. This is unlikely but still contact your vet for a further treatment plan if you still find fleas after 1 treatment.

NEVER USE DOG SPOT ON FOR CATS. There is a chemical in dog spot on called – Permethrin. This can and has in so many documented cases killed cats.

 

 

I hope this helps and answers all your questions. 

Deby

xx

 

 

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