We hope that kitty won't mind being dusted with flea powder but really there are some things that are done for kitty's own good and using flea powder is on the list.
Flea powder for cats is used instead of or in addition to, using collars, sprays, shampoos and spot treatment.
Flea powder can be used as a standalone treatment if the flea problem is not severe or it can be used as an addition to other treatments to have the best possible ongoing results.
It's also going to work fast, so that's a good thing when you are looking for a fix, there and then, on the spot.
Be aware that with flea powder you will need to reapply if the cat gets wet.
The plus side, is that it is a fairly easy to apply option because let’s face it, our kitties are not always happy about such things.
A common sign of fleas is when you notice cat is excessively scratching or licking frantically.
Check the coat for fine looking black specs, which are almost powder like. On kitty's tummy is where the specs can be seen easily. These specks are flea droppings also often referred to as flea dirt. Try rubbing between your fingertips. If it shows a darkish red color, that is digested blood.
Not nice, goodbye fleas!
Sprinkle the powder onto the fur, rubbing against the fur to ensure thorough distribution and then smooth the coat down. Apply to belly area also and try to cover as much of the body as possible.
Alternatively comb the powder through the fur using a flea comb. It’s all about what your kitty responds to (actually meaning what your cat will let you do ).
Flea powder works quickly but will only last as long as it remains on the animal. For this reason it is often looked at as being a complementary treatment.
Once you see kitty scratching, you will really want to treat the fleas straightaway. For that reason alone, having some flea powder on standby is a good idea.
Diatomaceous earth can be used as a flea powder however, it works differently to the flea powders described here.
Diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled around cats bedding and on carpets. Before applying diatomaceous earth, give the house a really good vacuum, sprinkle the product on affected areas and then vacuum 24 hours later.
Be mindful of the fact that this material is dense and may clog domestic vacuum cleaners quickly so check the filter on the vacuum cleaner to ensure that it is not getting clogged.
There is detailed information about diatomaceous earth here and how it is used to control fleas.
The fight against fleas is an ongoing battle, those little critters don’t give up.
There are alternatives. Click here to read more information about the different types of flea treatments for your cat. Be armed with the knowledge because your cat may not respond to a product or treatment and you will need to try another method.
We have reviewed three of the best flea powders for cats specifically looking at how well the product works and how quickly the product works and what the product contains.
This lightweight powder controls fleas, ticks and lice and works quickly
The shaker top makes it easy to shake and apply to the cat’s fur.
It has no strong odors and has a citrus scent.
Hint: Add some powder to the vacuum bag to help kill the fleas left in the bag after vacuuming.
A light dusting of the powder is all that is needed.
There is no expiration date and the powder will remain effective if stored as directed.
It is suitable for kittens.
If your cat doesn’t like the powder being dusted, try using a powder puff to apply to the fur and then rub in gently. That sounds like spoiling the kitty to me but a good practical solution.
This is a safe and effective treatment during an infestation of fleas or for regular care against fleas.
The ingredients are Diatomaceous Earth, Neem Leaf Powder and Yarrow Flower Powder.
Apply once a month for general protection however during a flea infestation use every other day until there are no signs of fleas.
Vacuum around the cat’s bedding and apply powder. Most cats have multiple favorite spots to sleep so put on your detective hat here.
As with other powders this is a good alternative for cats that can’t tolerate drops or you may prefer to use a product that has all natural ingredients.
It can be used for cats and dogs which is handy if you are a multi pet family.
This product is made in the USA.
It can leave a powdery dusting on the fur although this would be expected.
Caution: People with with allergies to other members of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family will need to exercise care when using this product.
This is an organic and natural product with no harsh chemicals or ingredients and it works for fleas and ticks.
It is a fine powder which can also be sprinkled onto areas where the cat may sleep and also on the carpet on the scratching post and other places that kitty likes to hang out. It can sprinkled onto carpet and other flea prone areas.
The herbs used are certified organic.
It is a very fine powder and not too dusty.
It is a very good alternative to other flea treatments if your cat is allergic to chemicals used in many flea treatment products.
There is the need to reapply regularly.
When first using this product be aware that the holes for sprinkling the product may be large resulting in too much product being used inadvertently so be careful when sprinkling the powder until you have an idea of the rate of application.
Once the fleas are under control it is not a case of set and forget as much as we would like that to happen.
One adult flea is capable of laying 50 eggs a day so it can be an uphill battle to keep fleas at bay.
A powder is useful because it works straight away and can be used not only on your cat but also on carpets, bedding and other places that your kitty likes to reside in comfort.
As a topical flea powder we recommend Zodiac. It is a very good all purpose flea powder that can be sprinkled on bedding as well as applied directly on to the cat's fur. It also has no expiration date and has a long shelf life when stored correctly.
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