How do spot-on flea treatments for cats work?
Fleas aren’t just irritating, they can also spread disease and can cause very uncomfortable skin conditions in cats. Regularly using an effective cat flea treatment will help to protect your cat against these nasty parasites.
If you’ve noticed fleas on your cat, you probably have a much bigger problem than you think. All you can see are the adult fleas, but the tiny eggs, larvae and pupae will be lying hidden around your home. Amazingly, the adult fleas on your cat represent only around five per cent of the total infestation.
Cats can catch fleas in numerous different ways, from stowaways on your clothing and bags to other animals they might meet while roaming the great outdoors. Wild animals – such as foxes, rabbits, squirrels and hedgehogs – often carry fleas, and can bring these into your garden.
Scratching the surface
Fleas are more than just an itchy nuisance. They are notorious spreaders of disease, and flea bites can cause anaemia if infestations are severe (especially in young animals). Some pets are allergic to flea saliva, which means even just a few flea bites can lead to a really itchy and sore skin condition. Swallowing an infected flea through grooming could also lead to your cat being infested by tapeworm.
Spot the difference
So, it’s obvious that fleas are best avoided, but how can you get rid of cat fleas and keep them at bay? There are many flea treatments available. Spot-on cat flea treatments, such as Advantage are one such option. Advantage is fast and effective, and its active ingredient is able to kill fleas on contact, biting is not required.1 Oral flea products are also available, these are active in the bloodstream, so fleas must attach and feed in order to be killed.
Advantage is easy to apply to your cat’s skin. The solution spreads quickly from the point of application, killing fleas within one day and preventing further infestations for up to three to four weeks. It’s a suitable flea treatment for kittens, too, you can use Advantage for cats on your kitten as soon as it’s been weaned, providing it’s at least eight weeks old.
Advantage kills adult fleas present on your cat and also kills larvae in the home. Remember though, if you do have a flea infestation in your home, it’s also important to treat your pet’s environment too.
One treatment with Advantage flea treatment for cats will kill existing fleas on your cat and prevent further infestation for up to three to four weeks, but new infestations can occur at any time of the year unless you stick to a regular schedule. Routine treatment with Advantage will help protect your cat against fleas and help to keep him happy and healthy.
Find out more about Advantage spot-on treatment for cats here.
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.