Advantage® for cats.
Flea infestations can mean misery for cats. Not only do the bites cause irritation, they can transmit diseases too, and can also cause your cat to develop problems like dermatitis or even anaemia (if an infestation is severe). Some cats develop allergies to flea saliva, which means even a few flea bites can lead to severe itching and sore skin. Infected fleas can also transmit tapeworm if swallowed during grooming. It’s important to remember that the fleas on your cat are only part of the problem. The adult fleas visible on your cat account for only around five per cent of all the fleas present in an infestation, the rest are found as eggs, larvae and pupae, hidden from sight in your home.
Advantage flea treatment for cats is applied to the skin, and gets to work quickly, killing fleas within one day and remaining effective for up to three to four weeks. Advantage is a spot-on solution that is easy to apply, and it is able to kill fleas through contact, biting is not required.1 Simple to use and available without a prescription, Advantage helps give you peace of mind in the fight against fleas.
Advantage is a spot-on flea treatment for cats and contains an active ingredient that works fast, and is able to kill fleas on contact.1 It also kills flea larvae in the home. Other flea treatments available include tablets; these are active in the bloodstream, so fleas must attach and feed to be killed. Advantage helps protect your cat against fleas for up to three to four weeks.
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Fleas can invite themselves into your home and onto your cat in various ways:
· If you come into contact with fleas yourself, these pesky parasites can hitch a ride on you or your clothing into your home.
· Other infested pets that your cat comes into contact with whilst roaming in the great outdoors could pass fleas onto your cat.
· Wild animals such as foxes, hedgehogs, squirrels and rabbits can transport fleas into your back garden, and your cat may pick them up from there.
· Untreated pets at home: it’s tempting to just treat that one pet that’s itching, but if one pet has fleas, the rest of your pets will also be at risk of attack before long.
With oral treatments fleas must bite and feed in order to be killed. Advantage flea treatment for cats is a spot-on treatment that is applied to the skin and it is able to kill fleas on contact, it does not require fleas to bite.
It is recommended that Advantage is applied to your cat once a month and that this is continued all year round.
It kills fleas within one day of application and remains effective for up to three to four weeks.
Advantage can be used on kittens providing they are weaned and at least eight weeks old.
If you need to bath your cat between applications, wait at least two days after treatment.
Ideally wait two days after bathing your cat before applying Advantage
Consult your vet before using Advantage in conjunction with any other medication.
Speak to your vet before using the product in pregnant and lactating cats.
Fleas can enter your home through many means, including on your clothing, via other pets or even from tiny visitors like rodents or mice, so even indoor cats are at risk of flea infestations.
If you see any fleas on your cat, you’re looking at only around five per cent of the total number that might be in your home. For every fully-grown flea you see, there will be many more eggs, larvae and pupae hidden away in carpets, bedding and upholstery, all soon to hatch into new adult fleas. The best way to reduce the chances of having a flea infestation in your home is to use flea treatment regularly.
No, it’s important to treat all pets in your household with a suitable flea product. Fleas multiply quickly, so once one pet is infested, it won’t be too long before other pets are being bitten too.
No, always follow the instructions carefully and give your cat the correct dosage in order to ensure effective treatment. If you’re unsure of any directions for the application of Advantage for cats, contact your vet.
No, Advantage is a non-prescription treatment and you can buy it from your local pet store, online or at the pharmacy.
See your Advantage pack for this information.
1 Mehlhorn et al. Parasitol Res (2001) 87:198-207, information is regarding mode of action and is not intended to imply parasites can be completely stopped from biting.