The best flea spray for cats must a) work quickly, b) be easy to apply and c) be good value.
We will give you the information to help you choose the cat flea spray that is best for you and your cat.
|Flea Sprays For Cats – Active Ingredients In Each Flea Spray|
|1. Adams Plus Flea and Tick Spray – Etofenprox 0.50%, (S)-Methoprene 0.27%, Piperonyl Butoxide 1.75%, OTHER INGREDIENTS 97.48%|
|2. Vet’s Best Gentle Mist Flea & Tick Spray – Active Ingredients: Peppermint Oil 0.20%, Eugenol 0.46%, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate 1.78%. Inert Ingredients: Water, Sodium Benzoate(preservative widely used in foods).|
|3. Frontline Flea & Tick Spray – Active Ingredients: Fipronil 0.29%. Inert: 99.71%.|
|4. Advantage Flea and Tick Spray for Cats – 0.150% Pyrethrins, 0.300% Piperonyl Butoxide, 0.479% MGK 264 Insecticide Synergist|
|5. PetArmor Flea and Tick Spray – Active ingredients: Pyriproxyfen, Pyrethins, Piperonyl Butoxide & MGK 264.|
|6. Natural Care – Flea & Tick Spray – Active Ingredients: Peppermint Oil 0.2%, Eugenol (Clove Extract) 0.46%, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (Plant Derived) 1.78%, Inert Ingredients (Water, Sodium Benzoate)* 97.56%|
|7.Cedarcide Original Biting Insect Spray – Cedarwood Oil 10%, Soybean Oil 10%; Inactive Ingredients.80%, Mineral Oil, Silica Hydrate, Isopropyl Myristate, DE|
|HOW TO USE FLEA SPRAY ON YOUR CAT|
Best Flea Spray For Cats – Reviews
1. Adams Plus Flea and Tick Spray (Cats And Dogs)
This spray helps give quick relief from fleas. It contains an insect growth regulator which breaks the life cycle of fleas for up to two months. This is not a natural product and like any chemically formulated flea product it is important to read the safety precautions outlined before use.
It is safe for cats or kittens over 12 weeks and as a bonus the product is also suitable for dogs and puppies over 10 weeks old. Double duty if you are a cat and dog household.
It kills flea eggs, adult fleas, flea larvae and ticks and only needs to be applied once per month.
To use – It can be sprayed directly onto the cat if desired, taking care to avoid the eye area. When spraying directly onto the cat, cover the cat’s eyes with your hand. This is to avoid any unforeseen overspray. Start at the neck area. Ruffle the coat and spray against the natural lay of the hair. Further instructions are given here (scroll right down the page until you get to Important Information).
The spray can also be applied to a brush or comb and then applied to the cat if this will be easier for you.
As this is full strength preventative it is recommended to not combine this with other flea preventative measures. If in doubt contact your vet.
Once the liquid is dry it is quite okay for family members to have normal contact with the cat.
This spray even works well in very hot humid areas.
Can only be used on cats or kittens over 12 weeks old.
It has a strong smell.
This is a spray product. Ingredients include Etofenprox 0.50%, (S)-Methoprene 0.27%, Piperonyl Butoxide 1.75%, OTHER INGREDIENTS 97.48%. Keep this product in its original container when not being used. Store in a cool, dry (locked if possible) area that cannot be accessed by children or animals.
2. Vet’s Best gentle Mist Flea & Tick Spray
Cats need to be 12 weeks or older to safely use this product.
This is a natural formula free from chemicals. The active ingredients are Peppermint and Eugenol from cloves. It doesn’t have an overpowering smell although there is a smell of cloves and peppermint when first applied.
It works by killing fleas, flea eggs and ticks on contact and it also repels mosquitoes. Bear in mind that this product will need to be reapplied to be continuously successful. The spray can be reapplied, including on floors and fabric allowing 2-4 hours between applications. It is suitable to be used on the cat’s bedding, cat furniture, rugs, pillows and outdoor surfaces.
It is fine to use inside and outside. Shake well before use and as a precautionary measure do not use on or near fine furniture.
The spray is plant based and is safe to use around children when it is used as the manufacturer indicates.
To use, lightly spray directly onto the cat, avoiding the head and eye area. Massage into the coat and let coat dry before allowing cat to groom. Don’t forget the nooks and crannies, like the armpits and in between the toes.
No added perfumes.
Plant based product.
The mist action spray is easy to control and the container will still spray when being held upside down.
It does need to be reapplied frequently for ongoing control.
Cats need to be 12 weeks or older to safely use this product.
This is a spray product described as a gentle mist. There is no added fragrance. It is made in the USA. It is a non staining formula.
3.Frontline Flea & Tick Spray
This spray is safe to use on kittens and puppies over 8 weeks old.
This product begins to work as soon as it is applied and has a long lasting efficacy of 30 days before needing to be reapplied. The active ingredient is Fipronil. Fipronil is a chemical so read instructions regarding any safety precautions need to be taken. This includes wearing gloves during application, avoiding cats eyes, washing exposed skin.
The spray kills existing fleas and tick infestations and also kills fleas before they lay eggs helping to prevent re infestation.
It is useful that it can be used for cats and dogs and remains effective even if the animal gets wet.
Once the product is dry it is quite okay for the cat to groom and lick the coat. Some diversionary tactics may be needed while the coat is drying. A great time to play with a wand toy.
Handy Tip – Place a plastic bag over your hand when applying the product. When removing turn the bag inside out and dispose. A grooming glove would serve the same purpose. Wash after use.
Rate of application is suggested at one or two pumps per pound of body weight. Long or dense coats might require more product.
For maximum efficiency use as is directed by the manufacturer. Spray mist your cats coat (avoiding face and eyes). until the fur is thoroughly wet. Massage all over to make sure the product gets right down to the skin. Note: A little dab here and there will be ineffective. Use as directed.
It is waterproof for 30 days.
Can be used on kittens over 8 weeks of age. Many other products are 12 weeks of age.
Frontline Spray has no expiration date.
There is a downloadable pdf (under Product Guides and documents) which answers many user questions.
Fipronil is a chemical. As with any chemical as a precautionary measure observe your cat after application. Fipronil can affect some medications. If your cat is old, unwell or pregnant visit ask your vet for advice.
This formula is in a trigger spray bottle which is 8.5floz. The active ingredient is Fipronil.
Flea collars start to repel and kill fleas within 24 hours.
4. Advantage Flea and Tick treatment Spray for Cats
Use on cats older than 7 months.
This spray kills and repels fleas, ticks and lice. It also aids in the control of flea bite dermatitis by killing fleas. It will need to be reapplied as necessary and can be reapplied every 7 days for an adult cat and every 14 days for a kitten.
Just to note the difference, a Seresto Flea Collar (lasts 8 months) or Advantage Topical Drops (lasts 30 days) is for flea treatment and prevention.
The Product Description outlines any precautions that should be taken. It also outlines in detail how to apply the product to an adult cat and how to apply the product to a kitten. Scroll down the page to get to the Product description.
It can also be used on cat bedding and soft furnishings as well as carpets and cat trees.
The sprayer/nozzle can cause problems. It needs to be depressed firmly.
The smell is divisive – some cat owners find the smell very strong and others do not.
This is a misting spray product. The weight is 8oz.
5. petArmor Flea and Tick Spray
Your cat must be over 12 weeks old to use this product.
This flea spray should not be used in conjunction with other flea treatments as it is a pesticide. It protects for 30 days. It works for both outdoor and indoor cats.
How to apply: Wear gloves. Ruffle the coat while at the same time spraying from neck to tail at a distance of 8 – 12 inches from the cat. Thoroughly wet the coat. For the head and facial area, spray a little on your glove and rub on, avoiding the eyes. Also avoid genitals. Once the cat has been sprayed give him a good rub all over to ensure that the product is distributed well, right down to the skin is possible. Allow to dry or if kitty will cooperate use a blow dryer to hasten the job. Once the product is dry, it is okay for the cat to groom in the usual way.
Read the safety information on this page. Scroll down the page until you reach the heading Important Information.
The spray can be reapplied after 14 days is necessary.
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This is a spray product in a plastic bottle with a trigger action nozzle. The volume is 16 floz. Can be used on cats over 12 weeks. Also not to be used on cats that are nursing, that may be taking other medications are senior or otherwise debilitated. Check with your vet first.
6. Natural Care – Flea & Tick Spray
This spray can be used on cats over 12 weeks of age. Can also be used on blankets and pet bedding.
This is a natural product using plant extracts which kills fleas, flea eggs and ticks on contact. It also repels mosquitoes.
It is made in the USA and safe to use around the family. As this is a natural product it will need to be reapplied more often than a chemically based option.
Don’t let the cat ingest the wet product, let the coat dry before grooming. If necessary the spray can be reapplied leaving 2. 5 hours before repeating. The total dose should not exceed twice in a 24 hour period.
You can spray the product directly onto the cat, completely avoiding the face, eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. Massage until the product reaches the skin. A fine mist is all that is necessary.
Natural Formula using plant extracts.
Some people have had difficulty accessing the product. The gray cap is turned to the left, then press down to dispense and turn back to the right when finished.
This is a misting spray formula.
Have you given your cat a shampoo to get rid of fleas? It works. Read exactly the best way to give your cat a de flea shampoo.
7. Cedarcide Original Biting Insect Spray
Can be used on kittens and adult cats. Note: the cedar smell may be too strong for kittens)
This another chemical free, plant derived flea spray which uses natural cedar wood oil. As expected, many people love the cedar smell. The smell does fade over time if it seems a bit strong in the beginning.
This popular product kills and repels fleas, mosquitoes, bed bugs and mites. Spray and massage into coat.
It is an oil so may be oily at first but then dissipates. As it is an oil always do a spot test
It can be applied whenever necessary (every 4 or 5 days) however with the initial application a light spray is recommended to test how the cat reacts to the product. Massage into the coat with your hands.
This product can be sprayed onto bedding or furniture.
It can also be used on the clothing and skin of people before going outside. To apply to the facial area, spray onto hands and then lightly apply to the face.
Need to reapply frequently to keep fleas away.
Some cats and kittens may find the smell of Cedar too strong.
One question the manufacturer is often asked is – is Cedar Oil toxic to cats? Here is their reply.
A flea tablet or pill is normally a one off treatment that effectively treats a flea infestation and works quickly.
Our Recommendation is…
1. Adams Plus Flea and Tick Spray
We recommend Adams Plus because it repels mosquitoes, and helps kill adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae and ticks so stopping the constant scratching and itching. It also only needs to be used once per month for cats and kittens (over 12 weeks). It contains an Insect Growth Regulator that stops the flea life cycle and helps prevent new infestations from forming.
This is a chemical formula so do read the precautions if an adverse reaction is noticed.
If your cat already has a history of reactions to chemical flea products you need to source a non chemical option. We hands down recommend Vet’s Best for overall satisfaction. It will need to be applied more regularly than Adams spray.
- Kills adult fleas, ticks, flea eggs, and flea larvae through contact
- Repels mosquitoes for 2 weeks
- Prevents flea eggs from hatching for up to 2 months
- Convenient, ready to use trigger spray
- For dog and puppies 10 weeks and older; cats and kittens 12 weeks and older
- 5% of fleas live on your pet while the remaining 95% live in your home or yard. Adams provides a multi-step product solution to fight pests on every front – Complete your system with our Pet, Home, and Yard products.
How To Use Flea Spray On Your Cat
- Spray the product onto a washcloth or cotton ball and rub the product into your cat’s fur around the head area, taking care to avoid the eye area.
- Fluff up or ruffle the coat when applying the spray to other parts of the body. Spray against the natural fur growth to ensure that the product is reaching the skin – after all this is where the fleas are heading.
- It may help to have another person holding the cat if the cat is not used to spray being applied. It can be difficult to both control the cat and apply the spray.
- Make sure the entire body is covered. The fur should be fairly wet.
5.Let the product dry before allowing the cat to lick the fur or groom. Not all that easy to do!
You could use a cone collar like the one below. The cat may be put out but you will be confident knowing that no surreptitious licks are going to take place. Plus, they look kinda cute, not draconian. I know doggos are shown but they are quite okay for cats also.
Why Use Flea Spray For Cats?
A cat flea spray will work immediately. If you are about to venture into flea territory and your cat has no other flea protection, a flea spray is a quick way to ensure protection. Sprays are inexpensive. Sprays are easy to apply.
Is Cat Flea Spray Better Than Drops?
A cat flea spray will give fast and quick relief for your scratching cat. Some flea sprays are effective for 30 days and some need to be reapplied daily. This is largely because the longer lasting sprays will have a chemical base whereas the sprays that can be used continuously will often have a plant base.
Flea Drops give protection for a month at a time. Personally I find the flea drops are very easy to apply, easier than a spray but sometimes a spray ills the need at the time.
Flea spray is the perfect convenience product to have at hand in the event that you notice a flea problem and you want to take immediate action. In this case, I would recommend Adams Flea Spray.
Tips For Using Cat Flea Spray
- Part the fur. Look for the black or reddish color specks that indicate fleas.
- Hold the flea spray approximately 3 inches (or as per manufacturer’s instructions0 from the cat and spray thoroughly to soak the area. Ruffle the coat as spraying to ensure the spray has contact with the skin.
- Use a cat flea comb to comb through the fur.
- Use a flea spray for the home to kill the eggs and larvae that you can’t see.
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