A Glossary Of The Best Flea Treatments For Cats

The best flea treatments for cats depends on your situation.  If you have an infestation of fleas on the cat and in the yard, a multi pronged approach will work best.  Use a product like Diatomaceous Earth in the yard, in the home and on your pet.  If you want fleas off your pet fast, fast, fast use a shampoo and a flea comb then follow up with a more conventional treatment.

For Longer Lasting Results - Choose a flea collar, flea drops (applied between the shoulder blades) or a flea tablet (pill).

For Instant Results -  Choose flea spray, flea powder, flea shampoo, Diatomaceous Earth.

There are some crossovers in the treatments mentioned above.  Some flea sprays for example need to be applied daily whereas others can give 30 days protection.

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Longer Lasting Results


Cat Flea Drops or Topical Treatment


Cat flea drops are without a doubt the gold standard of flea treatments for cats.

The reason flea drops are so popular is because they are effective, closely followed by ease of applying and only having to apply once per month. 

For that entire month and often longer, there is excellent flea protection. 

How To Apply Flea Drops

Flea drops are applied topically (onto the skin), between the shoulder blades.  

The applicator usually has a snap top. Snap the top, part the cat's fur and squeeze the drops onto the skin. That's it!

Pros

These treatments are basically set and forget. It is a trouble free and effective solution.

Cons

Occasionally an animal will have an allergic reaction, so it's always wise to keep a close eye on your cat for 24 hours after applying.

Cat Flea Collar 

A flea collar is undoubtedly one of the best flea treatments for cats and for good reason. It does the job it is supposed to do and that is keep the fleas away.

It may seem costly however the Bayer Seresto collar has 8 months protection so, it actually makes it cost effective as well as convenient and reliable. This product does double duty as it also controls ticks.

Pros

Long lasting, 8 months protection.

Cons

Occasionally an animal will have an allergic reaction, so it's always wise to keep a close eye on your cat for 24 hours after applying.

For Instant Results

Cat Flea Shampoo

Using a cat flea shampoo followed by combing with a flea comb will give an excellent instant result.

If the thought of giving your cat a bath is scary wear long sleeves for protection. Fill the bath or sink beforehand so that the running water does not scare the cat.

Some find the smell of certain cat flea shampoos overpowering. There is more information about that in the link above.

Pros

Brilliant for getting rid of a flea infestation fast. Always have a bottle in the cupboard for flea   emergencies.  

Cons

Not a long lasting protection.  May be problematic giving the cat a bath.

Cat Flea Powder

This is not to make kitty smell nice although it may have that effect. Its primary purpose is to get rid of fleas fast.

Flea powder for cats is a quick and convenient choice. It works quickly so brings fast relief. It is a useful product to have on hand for when fleas appear and they will at some point.

Just bear in mind that you will need to keep reapplying this product.

Pros

Easy to apply. Excellent as added protection. Convenient and useful to have at hand when needed. 

Cons

It will need to be reapplied if the cat gets wet.

There is more information here about using flea powder and how to apply it so that it is effective for flea control.

Diatomaceous Earth

One of the uses of diatomaceous earth is the control of fleas for cats and dogs.

Pros

DE can be used throughout the home and yard and on pets. Useful for treating the yard where fleas may be present. Prevent a re infestation.

Cons

It will take some work to ensure that all areas are covered.

This article describes in simple terms how diatomaceous earth works and how to use it to effectively control fleas inside the home on your pets and in the yard.

Cat Flea Spray

Cat flea spray can mean either a spray that you spray onto the cat or a spray that you use in the home and yard. Often the two are used in conjunction with one another.

When using a spray it’s a good idea to first of all spray onto a piece of cloth and rub onto the cat’s fur rather than spraying directly onto the cat.

Also treat other flea affected areas such as the cat’s bedding, scratching post et
c.

Pros

It works straightaway.  It is inexpensive.

Cons

It will need to be reapplied often although some flea spray is effective for up to 30 days.

Click here for in depth information about how to use cat flea spray and questions regarding using cat flea spray.

Cat Flea Comb

A cat flea comb is usually used in conjunction with other products, for example always after a shampoo or after a spray or powder dusting.  

Even if not an infestation we really don't like to see our kitties scratching . A flea comb is inexpensive and useful to have for anyone who owns a cat.  

There's detailed information here explaining exactly how to use a cat flea comb.

Natural Treatment For Fleas

Natural treatments are defined for this article as treatments that don’t contain chemicals, apart from naturally occurring chemicals.

Do natural treatments work as well as those made using chemicals?

It is recognized that using natural or chemical free treatments is going to require more of your time. If this is an issue for you then this is an important consideration.

Often natural products need to be reapplied frequently, they may take longer to apply and you do need to be vigilant about checking for the return of the fleas and then reapplying the treatment.  

Click here to read detailed information about natural options and different types of treatments, and how to choose a treatment.

The Best Flea Treatments For Cats Is...

#1. Cat Flea Drops Topical Treatment

Our cat has entered his senior years and is now almost 18.

He has always had the topical treatments (flea drops) and we have had no flea problem ever, apart from when we have forgotten to apply the next dose.
 
It just takes a minute to write the date of application on the calendar or in your phone as a reminder.


Have kids? Get the kids to decorate the calendar ahead of time for flea application day.

Overall Rating :  5 / 5

Here are the links to flea treatments mentioned in the article.

The Pros and Cons of Using Cat Flea Shampoo

Cat flea shampoo is a good standby to have in the cupboard.

How To Use A Cat Flea Comb

Cat flea combs are excellent value when used correctly.

How To Use Diatomaceous Earth In Your Home For Fleas

Follow these steps to apply DE throughout your home and yard to control fleas.

How Do Cat Flea Tablets Work?

Cat flea tablets are often used to get rid of a flea infestation.  They can also be used for ongoing flea protection.

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