Updated on 8 November, 2017

Dealing with Fleas

The warmer summer months are enjoyed by human and feline alike. However, warm weather is also enjoyed by certain unwelcome guests - fleas. No matter how clean you keep your house, if you have cats or other furry housemates and you don't treat them regularly for fleas - throughout the year - you are putting out the welcome mat for these parasites.

What do fleas do to cats? As a minimum, having fleas will make your cat feel uncomfortable and itchy - think how irritating that midge or mozzie bite is to you! However, in some cases fleas can cause more significant issues:

It's easy to see if your cat has fleas: If your cat is scratching regularly, it's well worth inspecting its coat. In many cases, it is possible to see adult live fleas on your cat without carrying out too detailed an inspection. Another easy way to see if your cat has fleas it to give it a brush with a fine-toothed comb held over a white surface - a piece of paper would work. Any black 'dust' on the white paper are likely to be flea droppings or eggs.

Flea treatments are readily available: There are a number of products on the market to treat both your cat and your home for fleas - powders, collars, sprays and spot-on treatments. Your vet should be able to recommend the right product(s) for you and how often treatments should be given. In our view spray and spot-on treatments are by far and away the most effective ways of treating your cat.

A couple of pleas in the fight against fleas: