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Felines and flea treatment: is it safe?

Blog Home May 7, 2020

Choosing the best flea treatment for your cat can sometimes be a little bit daunting, especially for new pet parents.

How often should you treat for fleas? Which treatment is best to use? How do I administer treatment?

These are all common questions, and they are all important ones to ask.

Cat flea treatments – whilst safe – do contain chemicals. That’s why it’s always best to do a little research before choosing your cat’s flea treatment.

In this blog, we’ll be looking at why treating your cat for fleas is important, and how you can find the right product for you and your pet.


Why it’s important to flea your cat

You’re only ever one lady flea away from an infestation!

Just 24 hours after getting jiggy with it, each lady flea can start laying up to 50 eggs a day, hundreds of eggs a week, thousands of eggs a month, and so on.

Not only do fleas make your cat’s life a misery, they can also bite people and cause havoc in your home.

This is why using regular flea treatment is essential, to disrupt the flea life cycle and prevent them from setting up camp in your home or on your pet.


What do I do if I see fleas?

The first time you’ll probably spot fleas is when you see them in your cat’s fur.

When you do see them, you need to eradicate them as soon as possible.

Spot-on treatments like Itch Flea work with the oils in your cat’s skin, so you should avoid giving them a bath for at least two days after treatment.


How do feline flea treatments work?

The two flea-annihilating ingredients which make Itch Flea so effective are Fipronil and S-Methoprene. 

Fipronil – kills live adult fleas, lice and ticks on contact by interfering with the parasites’ central nervous systems. This leads to paralysis and death (soz, fleas – but we did warn you!)

S-Methoprene – works by penetrating the shell of newly laid eggs or by being absorbed through the immature flea’s body surface to stop them from growing into blood-thirsty adults. 

All of the ingredients found in Itch Flea follow clear guidelines and industry standards, and go through rigorous testing by the manufacturers to make sure the dosage is both effective  and safe.


How can I keep my cat safe from fleas?

To keep your cat safe, the top priority should be to follow the instructions carefully.

If you are administering flea killer on a kitten or fully grown cat, you’ll need to follow guidelines against their weight and age to do so safely.

The instructions will be on the packaging and they should be adhered to closely for the correct dosage.


How can I keep my kitten safe from fleas?

Adult doses of flea treatments will be too strong for young kittens, but it’s vital to treat kittens for fleas as their immune systems can’t fight against infections in the same way an adult cat can.

They are also susceptible to anaemia and exhaustion if they become ill at such a young age.

Follow instructions carefully on treatment specifically for kittens to keep them safe, as they must be a certain age and weight before treatment begins.


What do I do if my cat has a severe flea infestation?

It might be tempting to give your cat a higher dose if they are covered in fleas and suffering, but this isn’t a good idea.

If you give your cat too much treatment, they may suffer from nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting as a result.

By choosing to use a service like ITCH, you’ll minimise the risk of incorrect dosage. Itch Flea treatment provides a lasting preventative effect in a single dose.

It also reduces any side effects that may harm them, and it’s easy to get in the right habit of regular administration.

Get started with ITCH pet today to tailor a cat flea treatment to suit your pet, delivered to your letterbox.


About ITCH

Never forget to protect your pet again with personalised, effective flea treatments delivered through your letterbox, every month.

We’ve been in the pet care industry for 10 years, and our gold-standard treatments are developed with vets and made by the best scientists and chemists. Itch Flea kills fleas, ticks and their eggs, protecting your pet and your home. Other flea treatments don’t. From only £6.50 per month and delivered free, the Itch subscription service makes preventing issues even easier.